Outdoor Learning Playscape Design Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design Team November 6, 2...
<ul><li>Imagine a classroom with sky for a ceiling and earth for a floor. A room without walls or desks, where young scien...
Phoenix Infinite  Design Goals: <ul><li>Create a space that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Nature Explore Progr...
Project Site Anaheim Hills Campus
Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove &  Builder’s Shop Sand...
Entry Feature
Sound Garden
Gathering / Stage Area
Water Garden
Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove &  Builder’s Shop Sand...
Big Top for Movement
Frolic Field: Big Active Area
Land of Possibility:  Crawling/Climbing Area
Crawling/Climbing  Area  (Continued)
Dinosaur Garden
Sand Pit & Messy Bowl
Bike Trail/Tunnel
Entry Sound Garden Water Garden Big Top/ Movement Frolic Field/ Big Active Growing Garden Art Grove &  Builder’s Shop Sand...
The Growing Garden
The Growing Garden: Gardener’s Hut
The Art Grove  & Builder’s Shop
Additional Features:  Rainwater Harvesting, Infiltration Estimated Water Catchment in a 1 inch storm,  With a 1000 sq. foo...
Discussion <ul><li>If this design were to come to life, how would you imagine using this space? </li></ul><ul><li>What are...
Phoenix Infinite Design Team <ul><li>Eiko Hamada-Ano </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Howard </li></ul><ul><li>Jenna Wadsworth McCa...
Nature Explore  Certification Program <ul><li>Well-designed outdoor space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide evidence principl...
Nature Explore  10 Guiding Principles <ul><ul><li>Recommended Areas:   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to include all of th...
Nature Explore  10 Guiding Principles <ul><li>Give areas simple names. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify each area with a sign or...
Ongoing Considerations <ul><li>Construction Phases </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased <...
Community Built <ul><li>Added Steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness/Interest Building/Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Survey ...
Community Built <ul><li>Resources and Wants:   </li></ul><ul><li>People are Resources: Artists, Builders, Writers, Interna...
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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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Outdoor Learning Playscape Project

  1. 1. Outdoor Learning Playscape Design Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus Phoenix Infinite Design Team November 6, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>-Boston Schoolyard Initiative </li></ul>
  3. 3. Phoenix Infinite Design Goals: <ul><li>Create a space that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Nature Explore Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize sustainable materials and methods, in the design process and the end product. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a flow through the space, naturally integrating each separate element into a cohesive whole. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a space that enables the fusion of play and learning, observation and interaction, motion and quiet reflection. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Elements: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainwater Catchment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-site Composting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native and Edible Plants </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Project Site Anaheim Hills Campus
  5. 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. 6. Entry Feature
  7. 7. Sound Garden
  8. 8. Gathering / Stage Area
  9. 9. Water Garden
  10. 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. 11. Big Top for Movement
  12. 12. Frolic Field: Big Active Area
  13. 13. Land of Possibility: Crawling/Climbing Area
  14. 14. Crawling/Climbing Area (Continued)
  15. 15. Dinosaur Garden
  16. 16. Sand Pit & Messy Bowl
  17. 17. Bike Trail/Tunnel
  18. 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. 19. The Growing Garden
  20. 20. The Growing Garden: Gardener’s Hut
  21. 21. The Art Grove & Builder’s Shop
  22. 22. Additional Features: Rainwater Harvesting, Infiltration Estimated Water Catchment in a 1 inch storm, With a 1000 sq. foot roof = 600 gallons
  23. 23. Discussion <ul><li>If this design were to come to life, how would you imagine using this space? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the strengths of the design? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there anything you don’t like or could be improved? </li></ul><ul><li>Is anything missing? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Phoenix Infinite Design Team <ul><li>Eiko Hamada-Ano </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Howard </li></ul><ul><li>Jenna Wadsworth McCarty </li></ul>
  25. 25. Nature Explore Certification Program <ul><li>Well-designed outdoor space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide evidence principles from the Learning with Nature Idea Book were used in the design. For annual renewal, provide evidence of annual maintenance. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide evidence that staff have attended a full-length Nature Explore Workshop. For annual renewal, provide evidence of professional development relating to nature education. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Family involvement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide evidence that activities or materials designed to increase family awareness and involvement in nature education for young children are provided regularly. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Nature Explore 10 Guiding Principles <ul><ul><li>Recommended Areas: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to include all of these areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Entry feature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open area for large motor activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Climbing/crawling area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Messy materials area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nature art area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Music and movement area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Garden </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gathering area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Storage area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental Areas: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to include at least one of these areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dirt-digging area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sand area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wheeled-toy area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Area for swings or other dynamic equipment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greenhouse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Divide the space into clearly delineated areas </li></ul><ul><li>Include a complete mix of activity areas: </li></ul>
  27. 27. Nature Explore 10 Guiding Principles <ul><li>Give areas simple names. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify each area with a sign or other visual clues. </li></ul><ul><li>Every area should be visible at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a variety of natural materials, including trees and other live plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose elements for durability and low maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize beauty and visual clarity in the over-all design. </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize the design with regional materials, and ideas from children and staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure the space meets all regulatory standards for your region. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Ongoing Considerations <ul><li>Construction Phases </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased </li></ul><ul><li> Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Donated </li></ul><ul><li>Budgeting </li></ul><ul><li>Professional-Build </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer-Build </li></ul>
  29. 29. Community Built <ul><li>Added Steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness/Interest Building/Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Resources and Wishes </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Added Value: </li></ul><ul><li>Heightened Sense of Ownership and Loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated and Organized School Community Members </li></ul><ul><li>Broader Pool of Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Practice of Participation and Partnering </li></ul><ul><li>Monetary Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Chance of Overall Success of Program </li></ul>
  30. 30. Community Built <ul><li>Resources and Wants: </li></ul><ul><li>People are Resources: Artists, Builders, Writers, International Travelers, Gardeners, the list goes on </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate Involvement: </li></ul><ul><li>During Construction of Site, Collection of Special Materials, Donation of Funds OR Parts, Leadership/Ideas/Talent from skilled parties </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Construction, Continue involvement in Maintenance, Improvement, Curricular Applications, Enhancement. </li></ul>
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