The concept for the 2020 Outdoor Classrooms Summit is to bring The Seeds of Inspiration for Outdoor Learning Card Deck to life through conversations with early learning leaders from the nature-based movement. The deck offers options for teachers, parents, and communities who want to make an Outdoor Classroom on a shoestring budget, but don’t know where to start.
The deck features photographs from The Four Types of Gardens: along with, design and nature-based curriculum prompt questions. The card deck works as an idea generator that has also inspired the Outdoor Classroom Summit.
Let’s bring the Gardens for Art and Beauty to life with our featured 2020 Leaders.
Gardens for Art and Beauty bring all ages together. These gardens include sculptures, plantings, and flowers. They contribute to the community and teach us how to integrate music, dance poetry, storytelling and painting into the outdoor garden experience.
FEATURED LEADERS: Jena Jauchius from SPVV Landscape Architects and Bobbie Mabe from Growth through Gardening
Jena Jauchius is a landscape architect, professional artist, and 20-year nature play expert dedicated to designing nature-based inclusive play, learning, and therapeutic environments for children of all ages and abilities. She has been researching and designing environments specifically for children with autism, sensory processing issues, and other special needs since 2004. Her work includes nature playscapes, outdoor learning landscapes, and custom playscapes for a variety of pre-k childcare centers, public and private schools, public parks, and home landscapes. In every playscape she designs, nature and artwork together enrich imaginative play, sensory experiences, and children’s sense of place. She currently with SPVV Landscape Architects.
Bobby Mabe developed Growth Through Gardening from her background in Professional Counseling and experience in developing and implementing horticultural therapy programs. While initially seeing the benefits of horticultural therapy in a clinical setting, developing programming for schools, summer camps, families and individuals has shown that the human need for experiences in nature is universal. Growth Through Gardening was created in an effort to use Bobbie’s education, training, and experience to cultivate and enrich lives through nature-based experiences. Our goal is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit of every client through horticultural activities.
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