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A place to share our ideas, expertise, and lessons learned.

Unleashing Children into the Great Outdoors

How natural playscapes can bolster the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical well-being of children.

A group of young children splashes around a pond in search of slithering tadpoles. They tip-toe their way through the grass to observe butterflies and then set about creating a mini track and field area for beetles in the sand.…

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FIVE Sustainable Site Practices:

Through integrated best management practices, we are striving to incorporate measures that reduce the amount of runoff and improve the water quality of every site. There are site and design practices that can assist in creating a more sustainable, regenerative environment, while utilizing a natural systems approach – one that mimicking the ecological systems of the tall grass prairie.…

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Shared Successes

Although counter to some trends, team locker room space can be optimized by sharing certain components.

The rise of dedicated competition and practice facilities for individual Division I and II collegiate sports has made the design of team locker rooms more straightforward.…

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Engaging Early Learning Interiors

An early learning center is not an elementary school. Early learning environments need to provide a warm, welcoming setting that reflects a home environment rather than an institutional or school environment. Yet the same place needs to provide support for the physical and emotional needs of young children during the 6-to-8 hours they spend there each weekday.…

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Outdoor Ed: The Power of Ecological Design in Early Childhood Centers

How incorporating design that mimics experiences in nature can increase opportunities for learning and play.

The fundamental realization of the need for ecologically-integrated early childhood centers lies in the fact that children are receiving fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with flora and fauna, particularly in the early development stages of their lives.…

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