Creating Adaptive Outdoor Learning Spaces

Well-designed Outdoor Learning Spaces create opportunities to extend learning activities beyond formal classroom. The flexible nature of these spaces allows them to adapt to evolving modes of traditional instruction while providing safe alternatives for physical, social/emotional and spiritual development. By engaging with a Landscape Architect as a critical member of a design team, educational institutions have the opportunity to structure spaces that are specific to their context and community; spaces that support their educational mission while addressing environmental concerns related to climate change. Sean Sanger and Andrew Arbaugh of Copley Wolff Design Group, a Boston-based Landscape Architecture firm, will discuss common issues that arise in the design of innovative outdoor learning environments for schools ranging from pre-K through university.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of including a Landscape Architect in a successful design process
  • How climate resiliency measures can be integrated and highlighted within a site design
  • The ways Outdoor Learning Spaces can be crafted for multiple age ranges
  • How COVID-19 might affect the future of Outdoor Learning Spaces

Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 11 AM Pacific / 1 PM Central / 2 PM Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

Attendees will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!*


Sean Sanger, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C
Sean SangerSean Sanger is a Principal at Copley Wolff Design Group in Boston, MA with over 35 years of experience planning and designing outdoor spaces for playground, elementary school, higher education, urban, park, mixed-use, waterfront, corporate, roof deck, and multi-housing clients across the united states. His experience includes redesigning several public playgrounds for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department including Ringgold Park and Playground, Healy Playground, Thetford Evans Playground, and Walker Playground. In addition, he redesigned an indoor playground in Columbus, IN and a schoolyard and playground for the Eliot School, which is located in the historic North End of Boston.

Andrew Arbaugh, ASLA, PLA
Andrew ArbaughAs a Principal at Copley Wolff Design Group, Andrew has 14 years of experience working on a wide variety of project types including children’s play and discovery, academic, mixed-use, multi-family residential, master planning, and corporate landscapes. Andrew has led a handful of the firm’s elementary and middle school projects which have included outdoor educational spaces for students and the community at large. His experience includes five playgrounds and a learning garden at the award-winning King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School and Community Complex; parks and playgrounds for three public housing developments; and the redesign of Healy Playground in Roslindale.

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