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Outdoor Learning Playscape Project

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Phoenix Infinite
Design Goals:

*Create a space that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Nature Explore Program.
*Utilize sustainable materials and methods, in the design process and the end product.
*Create a flow through the space, naturally integrating each separate element into a cohesive whole.
*Create a space that enables the fusion of play and learning, observation and interaction, motion and quiet reflection.
*Design in a way that allows for the community (parents, students, faculty/staff) to be involved in the building, maintenance and ongoing creative adaptations of the area.

Additional Elements:
*Rainwater Catchment
*On-site Composting
*Native and Endiable Plants

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  • 1. Outdoor Learning Playscape Design Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design Team November 6, 2009
  • 2.
    • Imagine a classroom with sky for a ceiling and earth for a floor. A room without walls or desks, where young scientists explore the world of bugs; mathemeticians measure rainfall; budding writers record their observations; and actors rehearse on a natural stage.
    • -Boston Schoolyard Initiative
  • 3. Phoenix Infinite Design Goals:
    • Create a space that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Nature Explore Program.
    • Utilize sustainable materials and methods, in the design process and the end product.
    • Create a flow through the space, naturally integrating each separate element into a cohesive whole.
    • Create a space that enables the fusion of play and learning, observation and interaction, motion and quiet reflection.
    • Design in a way that allows for the community (parents, students, faculty/staff) to be involved in the building, maintenance and ongoing creative adaptations of the area.
      • Additional Elements:
      • Rainwater Catchment
      • On-site Composting
      • Native and Edible Plants
  • 4. Project Site Anaheim Hills Campus
  • 5. Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove & Builder’s Shop Sand Pit & Messy Bowl Land of Possibility: Climbing/Crawling Dinosaur Garden Storage & Composting Bike Trail/ Tunnel Gathering/Stage Gardener’s Hut Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design: Eiko Hamada-Ano Linda Howard Jenna Wadsworth McCarty 2009 Phoenix Infinite
  • 6. Entry Feature
  • 7. Sound Garden
  • 8. Gathering / Stage Area
  • 9. Water Garden
  • 10. Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove & Builder’s Shop Sand Pit & Messy Bowl Land of Possibility: Climbing/Crawling Dinosaur Garden Storage & Composting Bike Trail/ Tunnel Gathering/Stage Gardener’s Hut Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design: Eiko Hamada-Ano Linda Howard Jenna Wadsworth McCarty 2009 Phoenix Infinite
  • 11. Big Top for Movement
  • 12. Frolic Field: Big Active Area
  • 13. Land of Possibility: Crawling/Climbing Area
  • 14. Crawling/Climbing Area (Continued)
  • 15. Dinosaur Garden
  • 16. Sand Pit & Messy Bowl
  • 17. Bike Trail/Tunnel
  • 18. Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove & Builder’s Shop Sand Pit & Messy Bowl Land of Possibility: Climbing/Crawling Dinosaur Garden Storage & Composting Bike Trail/ Tunnel Gathering/Stage Gardener’s Hut Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design: Eiko Hamada-Ano Linda Howard Jenna Wadsworth McCarty 2009 Phoenix Infinite
  • 19. The Growing Garden
  • 20. The Growing Garden: Gardener’s Hut
  • 21. The Art Grove & Builder’s Shop
  • 22. Additional Features: Rainwater Harvesting, Infiltration Estimated Water Catchment in a 1 inch storm, With a 1000 sq. foot roof = 600 gallons
  • 23. Discussion
    • If this design were to come to life, how would you imagine using this space?
    • What are the strengths of the design?
    • Is there anything you don’t like or could be improved?
    • Is anything missing?
  • 24. Phoenix Infinite Design Team
    • Eiko Hamada-Ano
    • Linda Howard
    • Jenna Wadsworth McCarty
  • 25. Nature Explore Certification Program
    • Well-designed outdoor space:
      • Provide evidence principles from the Learning with Nature Idea Book were used in the design. For annual renewal, provide evidence of annual maintenance.
    • Staff development:
      • Provide evidence that staff have attended a full-length Nature Explore Workshop. For annual renewal, provide evidence of professional development relating to nature education.
    • Family involvement:
      • Provide evidence that activities or materials designed to increase family awareness and involvement in nature education for young children are provided regularly.
  • 26. Nature Explore 10 Guiding Principles
      • Recommended Areas:
      • Try to include all of these areas.
        • Entry feature
        • Open area for large motor activities
        • Climbing/crawling area
        • Messy materials area
        • Building area
        • Nature art area
        • Music and movement area
        • Garden
        • Gathering area
        • Storage area
      • Supplemental Areas:
      • Try to include at least one of these areas.
        • Water area
        • Dirt-digging area
        • Sand area
        • Wheeled-toy area
        • Area for swings or other dynamic equipment
        • Greenhouse
    • Divide the space into clearly delineated areas
    • Include a complete mix of activity areas:
  • 27. Nature Explore 10 Guiding Principles
    • Give areas simple names.
    • Identify each area with a sign or other visual clues.
    • Every area should be visible at all times.
    • Use a variety of natural materials, including trees and other live plants.
    • Choose elements for durability and low maintenance.
    • Maximize beauty and visual clarity in the over-all design.
    • Personalize the design with regional materials, and ideas from children and staff.
    • Be sure the space meets all regulatory standards for your region.
  • 28. Ongoing Considerations
    • Construction Phases
    • Curricular Applications
    • Purchased
    • Materials
    • Donated
    • Budgeting
    • Professional-Build
    • Construction
    • Volunteer-Build
  • 29. Community Built
    • Added Steps:
    • Awareness/Interest Building/Collaboration
    • Survey Resources and Wishes
    • Integrate Involvement
    • Added Value:
    • Heightened Sense of Ownership and Loyalty
    • Dedicated and Organized School Community Members
    • Broader Pool of Resources
    • Practice of Participation and Partnering
    • Monetary Savings
    • Greater Chance of Overall Success of Program
  • 30. Community Built
    • Resources and Wants:
    • People are Resources: Artists, Builders, Writers, International Travelers, Gardeners, the list goes on
    • Integrate Involvement:
    • During Construction of Site, Collection of Special Materials, Donation of Funds OR Parts, Leadership/Ideas/Talent from skilled parties
    • Post-Construction, Continue involvement in Maintenance, Improvement, Curricular Applications, Enhancement.