The design requirements were based on The National Arbor Day Foundation's Nature Explore Classroom program. It really was fun to put together. I am currently working on two other similar projects, and hope to have more photos moving forward!
A gathering ring of logs also doubles as a unique balance beam
The site was flat, so we added mounds for in-ground slides and climbing features.
We needed to separate the play area from the planting and garden area while still allowing the kids to go from one to the other, so we created a bridge. It slows and channels the flow of the kids without needing a gate.
These Planting walls were an Idea that I modified from a blog that I follow. They allow each classroom to have a space to plant flowers or herbs without requiring tons of real estate for different plots. The planting shelves are gutters.
This building platform offers opportunities for the kids not only to play ON the platform with building blocks, but to play WITH the platform, filling in the sides of the structure with their blocks.