K-12 Spaces

Outdoor educational environments provide a campus experience

Article By: Building Design + Construction

Programming Exterior Spaces

"Is there an opportunity for outdoor learning, outdoor classrooms, assembly spaces, or other areas where the children can create a bit of a mess?"

Using the Gifts of the Site

"To be more inclusive of individual child needs and offer our clients something a little different, we attempt to uncover if the site offers any distinguishing physical features that could bring unique value to recess or outdoor learning activities. An existing tree can provide a shaded seating area; the site’s grading can inspire certain organized activities and give each separate space its own home."

Outdoor Learning

"Aside from use for play activities, exterior spaces can be programmed to enhance the school’s academic curriculum. Outdoor classrooms, greenhouses and growing beds, art tables, and teaching walls can all be incorporated into a project’s design."

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Maegan Slowakiewicz