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EPS Sifton ES nature play
EPS Sifton ES nature play

As with all of the Prototype Elementary schools in the bond program, Sifton was one of the schools in Evergreen Schools to get a nature play area. Complete with building tables, wander curb, log hoppers and a tic-tac-toe board, these spaces are a big hit!

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Evergreen Bond overview consult
Evergreen Bond overview consult

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EPS classroom
EPS classroom

When the view out the window inspires art in the classroom....we have seen lots of great window and windowsill art popping up at the new bond projects!

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EPS Sifton ES nature play
EPS Sifton ES nature play

As with all of the Prototype Elementary schools in the bond program, Sifton was one of the schools in Evergreen Schools to get a nature play area. Complete with building tables, wander curb, log hoppers and a tic-tac-toe board, these spaces are a big hit!

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EVERGREEN PS BOND

Vancouver, WA

VPS King loose parts play
VPS King loose parts play

Kids dream up all sorts of cool inventions.....now they have a place to do it. Kids can collect materials from around campus and build away

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King ES
King ES

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The Biggo is big fun
The Biggo is big fun

This super fun swing fits 2 or 3 kids for lots of fun

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VPS King loose parts play
VPS King loose parts play

Kids dream up all sorts of cool inventions.....now they have a place to do it. Kids can collect materials from around campus and build away

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VPS KING ES
Vancouver, WA

VPS Truman playground structures
VPS Truman playground structures

Lots of different fun playground elements for everyone including three types of swings, for all abilties

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Truman ES
Truman ES

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Super fun playground
Super fun playground

NW Playgrounds designed big kid and little kid playground features so that everyone can plan

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VPS Truman playground structures
VPS Truman playground structures

Lots of different fun playground elements for everyone including three types of swings, for all abilties

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VPS TRUMAN ES
Vancouver, WA

PTO Fundraising poster
PTO Fundraising poster

A simple master plan allowed the PTO to host a fundraising event that raised enough funds to implement all of the features, with community support. The overall plan expanded recess areas from just under 1 acre to over 3 acres for play!

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VPS Harney ES
VPS Harney ES

NPD donated service over several years to help the PTA plan, build and install several phases of their campus improvements.

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Benches building
Benches building

A community partnership allowed volunteers the unique experience to visit a mill and build benches

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PTO Fundraising poster
PTO Fundraising poster

A simple master plan allowed the PTO to host a fundraising event that raised enough funds to implement all of the features, with community support. The overall plan expanded recess areas from just under 1 acre to over 3 acres for play!

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VPS HARNEY ES
Vancouver, WA

Sketching up nature play!
Sketching up nature play!

With lots of input from the students, their vision takes shape. Then they and their families helped to get it in the ground!

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Camas Woodburn ES
Camas Woodburn ES

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Nature Play
Nature Play

Located right outside the cafeteria, kids have quick access to nature and fun where they make up the games

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Sketching up nature play!
Sketching up nature play!

With lots of input from the students, their vision takes shape. Then they and their families helped to get it in the ground!

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CPS WOODBURN ES
Camas, WA

Flex Academy's master plan
Flex Academy's master plan

With the approved Master Plan in place, staff were able to write grants and work with community partners to get the features added to the school campus

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Flex Academy HS
Flex Academy HS

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Flex Academy Greenhouse
Flex Academy Greenhouse

The gardens around the existing greenhouse were expanded to accommodate multiple classes with their learning.

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Flex Academy's master plan
Flex Academy's master plan

With the approved Master Plan in place, staff were able to write grants and work with community partners to get the features added to the school campus

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VPS FLEX ACADEMY
Vancouver, WA

St. Andrew Preschool campus layout DRAFT
St. Andrew Preschool campus layout DRAFT

Campus Improvement Plan will guide fundraise and campus development projects including accessibility improvements, community garden access, diverse play features, gathering areas and loop path systems.

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St. Andrew Preschool overview
St. Andrew Preschool overview

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St. Andrew Preschool campus layout DRAFT
St. Andrew Preschool campus layout DRAFT

Campus Improvement Plan will guide fundraise and campus development projects including accessibility improvements, community garden access, diverse play features, gathering areas and loop path systems.

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ST. ANDREW PRESCHOOL
Vancouver, WA

VPS Walnut Grove ES playground
VPS Walnut Grove ES playground

Using lots of fun colors and accessible equity for all users, the playground is a favorite at recess and by the neighborhood during the summer months

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Walnut Grove ES copy
Walnut Grove ES copy

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Early childhood courtyard play space
Early childhood courtyard play space

An early childhood play space is right outside the door and has lots of room to bring out a diversity of play equipment include trikes, sensory tables, ball games and more

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VPS Walnut Grove ES playground
VPS Walnut Grove ES playground

Using lots of fun colors and accessible equity for all users, the playground is a favorite at recess and by the neighborhood during the summer months

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VPS WALNUT GROVE ES
Vancouver, WA

Jim Tangeman Center staff 2021 VPS
Jim Tangeman Center staff 2021 VPS

Photo source VPS. Staff and teachers pose on the nature play before the kick off at their new building.....I think they are really excited!

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Fir Grove CC
Fir Grove CC

Under construction and ready in late Fall 2020

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VPS Tangeman Center
VPS Tangeman Center

Secured courtyards on each side of the building provide safe outdoor access for calming, gathering and views of nature, this courtyard overlooks a classic fir grove

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Jim Tangeman Center staff 2021 VPS
Jim Tangeman Center staff 2021 VPS

Photo source VPS. Staff and teachers pose on the nature play before the kick off at their new building.....I think they are really excited!

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VPS TANGEMAN CENTER
Vancouver, WA

VPS Ogden ES Learning Meadow
VPS Ogden ES Learning Meadow

Using native plants as part of the learning has been one of the design goals from the start.

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VPS Ogden ES overview
VPS Ogden ES overview

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Student art
Student art

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VPS Ogden ES Learning Meadow
VPS Ogden ES Learning Meadow

Using native plants as part of the learning has been one of the design goals from the start.

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VPS OGDEN ES
Vancouver, WA

VPS VITA ES nature play
VPS VITA ES nature play

Although a small campus, the playground is packed with fun with structures for all kinds of play, ball games, nature play and pathways. Future learning gardens will be built in partnership with Hudson's Bay HS ACES program.

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VITA ES
VITA ES

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VITA Kinder courtyard
VITA Kinder courtyard

From the LSW Architects flythrough video, the Kindergarten courtyard is an open and airy outdoor learning experience with garden plants, plenty of space to run and create new games.

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VPS VITA ES nature play
VPS VITA ES nature play

Although a small campus, the playground is packed with fun with structures for all kinds of play, ball games, nature play and pathways. Future learning gardens will be built in partnership with Hudson's Bay HS ACES program.

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VPS VITA ES
Vancouver, WA

Recess green team
Recess green team

Partner horticultural therapist programming at lunch recess allows every student to have access to nature and learn about all sorts of garden projects

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Hough ES
Hough ES

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Butterfly (and hummingbird) paradise
Butterfly (and hummingbird) paradise

A little corner of the world for these students flourishes with over 30 species of flowers

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Recess green team
Recess green team

Partner horticultural therapist programming at lunch recess allows every student to have access to nature and learn about all sorts of garden projects

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VPS HOUGH ES
Vancouver, WA

PPS Applegate Stakeholder input chart
PPS Applegate Stakeholder input chart

Using in person meetings, online Zoom community meetings, Google surveys and student input, the plan took into consideration the amazing ideas from staff, students and the thriving neighborhood and community partners.

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PPS Head Start
PPS Head Start

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PPS Sacajawea Head Start campus improvments
PPS Sacajawea Head Start campus improvments

The overall campus vision prior to construction documents. Using COVID relief funds, additional Phase 1 improvements will include the covered shelter area and South Lawn loop path and play elements built spring 2023

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PPS Applegate Stakeholder input chart
PPS Applegate Stakeholder input chart

Using in person meetings, online Zoom community meetings, Google surveys and student input, the plan took into consideration the amazing ideas from staff, students and the thriving neighborhood and community partners.

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PPS HEAD START CAMPUSES
Portland, OR

Campus Update plans VPS
Campus Update plans VPS

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VPS Sacajawea ES
VPS Sacajawea ES

A full campus update plan was developed based on an amazing 4th grade teacher's vision. The whole community chimed in and will be building features in phases over the next few years

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VPS Felida ES native plant garden
VPS Felida ES native plant garden

A parent volunteer updated overgrown courtyard gardens with native and butterfly plants. NPD created interpretive signage for self-guided learning at recess and in-class time

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Campus Update plans VPS
Campus Update plans VPS

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CAMPUS UPDATE PLANS Vancouver, WA

Coalition Building / Community Engagement

Lower Columbia Nature Network logo
Lower Columbia Nature Network logo

Visit the LCNN website for all sort of great information about where to go and what to do outdoors in SW WA region. Also, resources for schools, accessibility and our partners.

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overview
overview

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LCNN where to go
LCNN where to go

For families that want to get outdoors, this page is full of great ideas to adventure near and far in the great outdoors

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Lower Columbia Nature Network logo
Lower Columbia Nature Network logo

Visit the LCNN website for all sort of great information about where to go and what to do outdoors in SW WA region. Also, resources for schools, accessibility and our partners.

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Lower Columbia
Nature Network

Southwest WA region

CCCN for SW WA
CCCN for SW WA

The 2021-2023 cohorts is one of several across the country working to increase access to nature. The SW WA team is working on several fronts, including Nature Smart Library ideas, but is focusing on creating a Green Schoolyard Action Plan

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CCCN SW WA
CCCN SW WA

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CCPH Green Schools Map 2022
CCPH Green Schools Map 2022

Clark County Public Health's map of GOSY projects

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CCCN for SW WA
CCCN for SW WA

The 2021-2023 cohorts is one of several across the country working to increase access to nature. The SW WA team is working on several fronts, including Nature Smart Library ideas, but is focusing on creating a Green Schoolyard Action Plan

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Cities Connecting Children
to Nature

Southwest WA region

USFWS logo
USFWS logo

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USFWS community engagement
USFWS community engagement

Supported with many partner groups, the vision for the new Community Nature Center is moving forward.

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CNC Partner Update back
CNC Partner Update back

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USFWS logo
USFWS logo

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Community Engagement

Southwest WA region

Habitat & Ecological Restoration

CPU Pollinator garden seating area
CPU Pollinator garden seating area

A new accessible pathway and benches invite staff or visitors to sit and enjoy the view

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CPU Service Center overview
CPU Service Center overview

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CPU interpretive signage
CPU interpretive signage

CPU communications team created beautiful signs and a web page to teach about this special space

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CPU Pollinator garden seating area
CPU Pollinator garden seating area

A new accessible pathway and benches invite staff or visitors to sit and enjoy the view

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CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES
Service Center on 117th Av.

Vancouver, WA

CPU Electric Center garden
CPU Electric Center garden

The new garden near the visitor payment center adds new nearby nature for pollinators

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CPU Electric Center overview
CPU Electric Center overview

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CPU Electric Garden
CPU Electric Garden

A new accessible path and boulder seating allows visitors and staff to enjoy the quiet space

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CPU Electric Center garden
CPU Electric Center garden

The new garden near the visitor payment center adds new nearby nature for pollinators

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CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES
Electric Center Fort Vancouver Way

Vancouver, WA

Residential habitat design overview
Residential habitat design overview

In support of the Backyard Habitat Program

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Residential habitat 1
Residential habitat 1

Small patches of habitat help support all sorts of wildlife

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Residential habitat 2
Residential habitat 2

Updating existing landscapes by removing older plants with new native species to add to the various layers for birds, mammals and insects

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Residential habitat design overview
Residential habitat design overview

In support of the Backyard Habitat Program

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BACKYARD HABITAT PROJECTS
Various residential sites

Southwest WA

Greening of Schoolyards Movement

CNN GOSY district guidelines
CNN GOSY district guidelines

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CNN GOSY Cover 2022
CNN GOSY Cover 2022

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CNN GOSY district guidelines
CNN GOSY district guidelines

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GSA COVID response
GSA COVID response

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GSA Silver Rails ES Bend OR
GSA Silver Rails ES Bend OR

NPD helped write several sections of the on-line library in the Outdoor Infrastructure group, such as seating, play, gardens, allergen considerations and more. As the lead for the PNW Design Volunteers she coordinated with GSA staff, regional volunteers and clients requesting help

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GSA COVID response
GSA COVID response

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Children & Nature Network
Green Schoolyards District
Guidelines - co-author

Green Schoolyards America
COVID Response library
Outdoor spaces co-author

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