The idea for this outdoor classroom began with parents of preschoolers who wanted a more meaningful outdoor play environment for their children. From the beginning of this project, the design team carefully studied the criteria for space division and allocation of various activities.
We have a gorgeous 9-foot (and growing!) willow tunnel, annual vegetable garden, climbing area, theater, and cob house adorned with succulents. Rainwater is used in the water feature, which circulates water over a shallow water feature into a 75 foot, in-ground rain barrel. The water flows over locally found slabs of stone and rock by being hand pumped through an old fashioned, bright red pump. Local Osage Orange trees make strong and durable tree cookies, climbing stumps, balance beams and stools.
Each area created is a work of art, while surrounding children and visitors in beauty from the moment they enter this Nature Explore Classroom. Our outdoor classroom offers us a place to connect with nature, to play with friends and grow social and emotional skills, to climb and jump and dig and learn. It is the most beautiful part of our school!