Lets take back our schoolyards! Good bye asphalt. Hello small group, place based, open air, healthier, learning spaces that build community.
Tell us about your idea
This reading boat cluster at an elementary school offers outdoor fresh air, multiple spaces to sit, and writing surfaces. A teacher can lead a small class here, expanding how many learning spaces are available on campus.
Imagine a lush, green, productive landscape surrounding each of our schools where students work in small groups performing hands-on learning in open air classrooms. If we return to school with the need for smaller class sizes and fears of virus transition, let's set the children free outdoors. Once surrounded by asphalt and lawn our schoolyards will be transformed to gardens, carbon sinks, stormwater systems, and laboratories for testing and experimentation. Students can gather under living willow domes, shady groves with stump seats, or small group STEM stations separated by productive planting. We let nature's humidity, air flow, sunlight, and temperature reduce the virus spread. While students are engaged in small group, meaningful, exciting projects that improve their communities.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a landscape architect and founder of Learning Landscapes Design. Our design firm uses a sustainability lens to re-imagine outdoor spaces for learning and play. Our kids deserve better and we work daily to help communities and organizations across the US realize their visions for outdoor spaces that engage whole communities and create whole children.