evidence-based design for supportive environments

Multi-age Elementary Outdoor Classroom

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Eagle Rock Multi-age Elementary's outdoor classroom and nature trail is an extension of the schools existing natural playground and has served as a wonderful amenity to Eagle Rock Multi-age Elementary School. The project was funded with a grant from King County’s Urban Reforestation and Habitat Restoration. Our scope included design and construction, programming educational classroom activities, invasive species identification and removal, and the restoration of disturbed areas.

To limit disturbance to surrounding habitat, the outdoor classroom area was sited in a natural clearing and the trail was carefully laid out to minimize the impacts to the existing vegetation. The children identified and tagged invasive species, while volunteer groups removed them from the site. The nature classroom utilizes convertible benches that create a presentation and performance space. When the backs of the benches are rotated, they become bench desks for outdoor class assignments. Interpretive signage was designed by Audrey and built by a volunteer. The signs identify native plants and their traditional Native American uses.

Eagle Rock Elementary a wonderful example of the use and benefits of nature play in tandem with environmental learning.

"You have created a wonderful area for Eagle Rock! and We still use the trails!" Judy Harris, Past Principal Eagle Rock Elementary

LOCATION
Duvall, WA

DATES 
2001

SIZE
.5 acres

LEADERSHIP
Audrey West

TEAM
Riverview School District
Eagle Rock Multi-age Elementary
Parent Volunteers

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