UT Gardens, Crossville:
Plateau Discovery Gardens
Although it was a challenging year, it certainly was the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. We are so proud to have our KinderGarden designated a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.
Families that homeschooled were particularly fond of this space. Whether you are looking for a change of scenery, creative ways to learn with nature, or educational fun with your children, you can’t go wrong. There is so much to offer, including a modern spin. Who says you can’t enjoy technology within nature? A unique element of this Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom is Augmented Reality. Several of our activity stations are equipped with QR codes. Simply scan with your phone or tablet and a character is displayed within the garden. It’s interactive and even provides fun-filled quizzes about nature. Informational cards are also provided at the entrance with suggested activities and where you can find stored materials.
This past year was used to improve existing structures, but our newly completed water-play area and building table were certainly enjoyed. As the year progresses we have plans for even more. Be on the lookout for our “book nook” and “plant zoo”. These exciting new spaces will provide a home for our many, nature-inspired children’s books, and plants with animal names. We look forward to your visit!