||First, the author reviews past theories and findings on nature‐play, followed by a brief history of the evolution of play in the United States. Second, the author explores concepts of "nature" in order to establish a working definition for an analysis of nature in Salt Lake City, Utah. Third, the author undertakes a mixed‐method (qualitative and quantitative) analysis of nature spaces within Salt Lake's municipal boundaries. Using geographic information system (GIS) technology, the author identifies which nature‐oriented spaces are within walking distance of the most children, as well as the gaps where nature is most needed. Two specific sites are identified and presented to the Salt Lake City Parks Department as having the highest potential for future nature‐play design interventions. Forth, through research into real‐world case studies, the author synthesizes the fundamental nature‐play design principles as categorized by health, environmental literacy, economic development, accessibility, and community engagement. Finally, with these principles and sites in mind, the Salt Lake community is empowered to make more informed decisions on how to better integrate nature into our city's fabric. With a vast wealth of nature at our doorstep, allowing this priceless amenity to permeate our daily lives will greatly improve the quality and desirability our city, and (more importantly) encourage children to reconnect and play outdoors.