The links below will take you to resources that will help you start thinking about how to design and build an engaging outdoor learning environment.  If you find additional resources that you find valuable as you are participating in the program, please leave a comment on this page to help teams in other communities!


Outdoor Learning Environments

Explore the links below to access a wealth of great resources produced by Evergreen. Click here to find more out about this great organization!

Landscape and Child Development

School Ground Greening


Wildlife Habitats

The National Wildlife Federation provides some great resources for creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat on their website:

Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Create a Schoolyard Habitat



Examples from the Pilot Program

Watch the videos below to see how colleges and high schools in the 2014 Pilot Program collaborated with young students to create some incredibly original designs!

Brigham Young University-Idaho:

BYU-Idaho horticulture and design students worked with students from Madison High School to design a new playground for BYU-Idaho’s preschool. After getting input from the preschoolers, the older students created a design that incorporates the needs and wants of the younger students in a natural playground setting that encourages imaginative play and exploration.


Oklahoma State:

Oklahoma State landscape architecture students worked with a local Boy Scout troop and professional landscape designers to create concepts for 18 beautiful outdoor learning environments at Sangre Ridge Elementary School in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The video documents the process and a link to a booklet containing some of the final designss can be found below the video.

To view some of the designs produced by Oklahoma State and their partners, click here.


North Carolina State:

Horticulture and landscape architecture students from NC State teamed up with students from Wakefield High School to redesign an outdoor classroom and playground for Albert Root Elementary School. Driven by the passion of the NC State students and their younger partners, this project is already in the early planning stages of being built by partnering with local landscape contractors and non-profits.

CLICK HERE to see the successful fundraising campaign that the NC State students completed with the parents and teachers at Root Elementary, as well as the broader community!


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