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Planning, building and making new spaces is super fun and a great way to engage people. After the build is over, then what? Reasons to activate a space:

  • keep it looking good

  • let folks know it is there 

  • let folks know WHAT is in the space

  • why is the space unique to that property

  • use the space to teach a curriculum

  • what cool things can folks learn from the space

  • how can the space be used

At nature+play designs, we are just as excited to help you learn how to use the outdoor spaces to promote play, learning and well-being, as we are in helping get the features in the ground. Learn about the different ways we can support you and your team.

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Tie your outdoor features to curricula goals

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School gardens

Engaging students, staff and families with hands on gardens

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Play & Enjoy

To support physical activities and wellness

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Partner programs

Lots of great ideas to share from other agencies

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Supporting ecosystem functions for healthy earth and wildlife

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Learn about resources to help learn, grow and enjoy the outdoors



Environmental improvements - Schools can be great settings to support ecological functions:

  • Trees - both native tree groves and individual plantings to diversfty habitat and species; increase tree canopy in urban areas

  • Habitat settings - add trees, shrubs and perennials to support habitat for birds, bugs and other local wildlife

  • Pollinators - from meadows to flower patches, schools can play a role in supporting host plants for food and life cycle development

  • Green stormwater - while meeting local and state regulations, plantings in engineered features not only filter water but add beauty and habitat

Environmental studies - A variety of features and programs to support hands on learning:

  • Signage - local birds, butterflies, animal tracks and other signs to interpret and introduce users to that local habitat

  • Habitat structures - support workshops to teach bird house, bat house, mason bee house and other wildlife structures

  • EcoBlitz species studies - work with iNaturalist and other programs to understand what species are on each site. Track changes, trends and patterns over seasons, years and changes.

  • Habitat certification - coordinate certifying campus with several regional/state/national habitat programs

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