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We’re working to create a beautiful outdoor learning space that promotes movement and collaborative play while connecting children to nature. The key features of our new 2200 square foot edible schoolyard will be:

  • Soil Work/Re-Grading/Bioswales
  • Play Hill with Ground Slide
  • Shade Structure with Sail Canopies
  • Rain Garden with Aquatic Plants
  • Dry River Bed and Ornamental Bridge
  • Sand Play Area
  • Tree Trunk Gym
  • Willow Tunnel
  • Prairie Grass and Flower Maze
  • Water Play Area
  • Fruit Tree “Guilds”
  • Open-concept Playhouse
  • Rain Barrel, Portable Stage, Picnic Tables, and Adirondack Chairs

There are many significant advantages to installing a natural play space over fixed, commercial structures. These include the following:

  • Opportunities for collaboration, problem-solving, and imaginative play.
  • Empowerment through safe, developmentally appropriate risk-play.
  • Greater connection with food sources and the natural world.
  • Student ownership and environmental stewardship
  • Exposure to environmental diversity (e.g., fruit guilds, pollinator species, etc.).
  • Improved water conservation through rainwater harvesting using on-site rain gardens and bioswales