A student who has opportunities to experience nature-based learning can have a heightened experience through natural smells, touch, sounds and views. With a variety of color and texture in materials and plants, sensory experiences provided by garden spaces can be deeply impactful. Garden beds throughout the campus can provide both gardening and curricula exploration opportunities.
Outdoor learning spaces become an integral extension of the indoor classroom, to be used continuously throughout the day. By providing spaces for structured learning, educators will have options to take their classes outside for whole group, partner or individual work. Outdoor spaces can also be a place of calming and individual reflection. During non-curriculum times, designated outdoor areas shall encourage socialization and play. Being outside, active, and exposed to natural elements can empower learners to reimagine and ground their personal experiences.