Designing Outdoor Classroom: BEFORE Stories
Designing Outdoor Classrooms: BEFORE Stories
Creating Outdoor Classrooms is a thrill for me. I believe every garden has it’s own story and it is up to us to make sure they are all documented and heard. Your garden story can change someone else’s. Change is in the air! Take a moment and take a picture, create a video or draw a picture of your Outdoor Classroom. Your space can be am empty lot or an established garden. It does not matter. Simply capture your garden story and begin to document the growth.
Garden Story #1: Carol Landry from The Children Place at Phillips Academy In Module One: Getting Started, you will be asked to choose the type of garden you would like to learn about. You will also be invited to mix and match outdoor elements and begin exploring different outdoor design ideas. These steps will help you define your purpose for creating an Outdoor Classroom design that fits your needs. As you move through Module One you will be learning about four types of gardens.
- Gardens that Feed
- Gardens Rooted in Curriculum
- Gardens that Honor Intergenerational Connections
- Garden that Attract Wildlife
I have decided these are my favorites for my property and /or a school campus to focus on:
~Pollinator (Bees & Butterflies)
~The Senses (Herbs & Veggies)
~Sunflower House (Read Alouds)
~TeePee (The 3 Sisters and Native American focus)
~Dinosaur (so much fun!)
~Earth Worm Farm in correlation with Composting
~Rain Garden and barrels/totes
~Adopt-A-Tree (Project Learning Tree)
The “Grab & Go” lesson plans with state correlated standards are a must! I will be collaborating with educators and what curriculum they need covered by their onsite or in-house field trip.
Have you thought about adding a Little Free Library?
Yes! I have a number of books I’d like to add sand already have in my personal library: Birds of the Carolinas, N. Am. Backyard Birdwatching, Petersen’s First Guide to Insects of N. Am., Tree Id, SE Foraging, A tree is Nice (Udry, Jack’s Garden (Cole), Are You a Bee? (Allen & Humphries, The Life & Times of The Honeybee (Micucci), Stellaluna (Cannon), Chrysanthemum (Henkes), The Lorax (Dr. Seuss), and more to add! Please send me “must haves” for kids and adults too.
Please forgive the typos…is there anyway to edit?
These look wonderful! I will add them to our Outdoor Classrooms Resource Library. You can gain access to it through the e-course. It is in the Tool Shed. Do you have pictures of your outdoor learning spaces. It sounds dreamy. Would also love to interview you and feature you on our Summer Garden Tour. Interested?