Our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, located just outside of the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms, is a dynamic, nature-based outdoor space developed by research-based, field-tested design principles focusing on elementary education and whole child development. The Nature Explore Classroom allows children to explore and develop a connection to the natural world through engaging in open-ended play while enhancing the physical environment and adding natural beauty to the space. Nature play transforms the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children, fostering creativity, inclusivity, and language-based play.
When you enter the outdoor classroom, a welcoming sign saying, “This Friendly Place” greets you, hanging on a tall wood arbor, flanked by two flowering crepe myrtles. Your eyes are drawn to an assortment of trees, shrubs and plants that were thoughtfully selected to add to the beauty and sense of calm. The trees include a hemlock, which is the Pennsylvania state tree, a Ginkgo - the oldest tree species in North America, and various fruit trees.