Outdoor Learning Space

Features & Articles

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    outdoor classroom

    Classrooms in the Great Outdoors

    After years inside classrooms, educators are rediscovering the learning benefits provided by the great outdoors. There are outdoor educational opportunities in engineering, math, science—all of the basic subjects. 05/01/2018

  • Sustainable Schools
    20 Acre Classroom

    The 20-Acre Classroom

    Teaching important lessons about sustainability, value of the natural environment. 03/01/2018

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    outdoor learning

    Outdoor Learning Environments

    Making Positive Connections Beyond the School Walls. 02/01/2018

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Campus Arboreta: Outdoor Spaces for Learning and for Play

    Developing an accredited arboretum contributes to education, enjoyment, and community engagement on campus. 02/01/2018

  • Facility Focus (Landscapes and Outdoor Learning Spaces)
    Southern Connecticut State University

    Southern Connecticut State University: Academic Science and Laboratory Building

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    children digging in garden

    Schoolyards that Both Students and Communities Enjoy

    The Space to Grow program is transforming Chicago Public School's schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that encourage physical activity, outdoor learning and community engagement, while also addressing such environmental concerns as stormwater management and water conservation. 01/01/2017

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    outdoor learning spaces

    Outdoor School

    Take a tour of diverse outdoor learning spaces. 01/01/2017

  • Outdoor School Playground

    The Great Outdoors

    Creating attractive outdoor spaces for play and learning that and reflect and propel a school's philosophy and mission. 11/01/2016

  • Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)
    Building an Outdoor Classroom

    Building an Outdoor Classroom

  • Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)
    outdoor learning space

    Blinded by the Light

    Consideration for outdoor learning spaces. 09/01/2016

  • Sustainable Schools
    School Gardens

    School Gardens

    Inspiring the next generation to lead healthier lives. 05/01/2016

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    Outdoor Environments

    Outdoor Environments

    Playgrounds, gardens and outdoor classrooms are gaining in features and uses. 01/01/2016

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    living-learning laboratory

    Common Ground

    Campus landscapes can have an integrated role in education and research. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a living-learning laboratory -- The Lakeshore Nature Preserve — has successfully evolved in partnership with the greater campus community. 01/01/2016

  • Six Keys to Useful Outdoor Spaces

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    Outdoor spaces

    Outside the Walls

    Attention to a college or university's signature "look" should include outside features and furnishings. Outdoor spaces, their design, and what you put into them are vital elements of your institution's brand and mission. 12/01/2015