NWIC Outdoor Classroom
The Northwest Indian College located at the Lummi Nation in NW Washington sought to improve their Early Childhood Learning program outdoor classroom space. The existing space needed safe surfaces, more play value, and features that would provide a forum for cultural education. Desired program elements were age separated tricycle pathways, climbing features, gentle grade changes for early walker development, water play, sand play, and a story house for sharing cultural education. All of the play elements needed to be made form natural elements, or re-purposed existing play elements. Locations for local carving art was also important.
The play area process included several brainstorming and review sessions to develop the concepts and review the elements proposed for safety. The final design and installation utilized logs, stone, sand, lawn, and shade trees to create a fun educational environment for both Early Education students and the children.
This project was completed while working with The Philbin Group Landscape Architecture.