School landscape design has traditionally produced fairly simple plans for open lawns with scattered playgrounds or sports fields. A couple of sturdy evergreen shrubs that hug the building and deciduous trees that provide shade could be of interest. In today’s school plans, the school playground is viewed as an extension of the school’s learning space. The landscaping of the school must be useful, but also offer outdoor learning spaces.
In places where school grounds started to be designed as “learning landscapes”, environmental laboratories and arboretums are now part of the school architect’s vocabulary. The north or east side of a hill may be on the terrace in some rows of seats for environmental education or high school classes. Some areas offer rocks for recordings or the definition of spaces, as well as examples of rock types for experiments. Provide shade and define the scope of classrooms with smaller native trees like birch and evergreen. Involve the students in the selection of native species and in planning their internship.
The resulting landscape design will also invite the community to the school playground. School boards can learn from parent groups that provide safe play equipment made from natural materials and recycled rubber to replace dangerous surfaces. Parent groups are a natural choice to take the lead in more ambitious playground projects. National Child Care Information and Technical Center in The Department of Health and Human Services provides advice on safe playgrounds. The department also provides contact information for organizations that can provide contacts to help develop play area plans, community partnerships.
Instead of sitting in the classroom and classes can “adopt” small areas of the landscape to become stakeholders around their school. For the investment of a few lessons per week, students can develop a personal part of the landscape by developing. You can plant and maintain shrub roses or dogwood along the sidewalks. The main design rules would be that the areas are clearly visible from the school, that the plantations are native.
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