ED lab INC
Robin Randall

Outdoor Learning

“2012 Research and Presentation”

Architect: ED lab INC
Senior Designer: Robin Randall
Photography: TBD
Client: TBD

Completed in TBD
Science of Learning:
If you are suffering from Nature-Deficit Disorder, it’s time to get outside! Research confirms being outdoors:
  • Increases attention span
  • Strengthens memory
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances creativity

Language of Nature:
What is an outdoor learning environment? Here are a few ideas to get the conversation started. All use the language of nature to inspire learning.
  • Quadrangle, traditional front lawn of campus, move the classroom outdoors
  • Crossroads, intersection of pathway connections, collaborative spontaneous learning
  • Teaching Tool, environment as living laboratory, hands on project based learning
  • Nature walk, campus as conservation arboretum, restorative to cognitive pathways
  • Reflection, sanctuary for quiet inspiration, oasis for peaceful introspection
  • Intervention, capture surprising opportunities, nature’s therapeutic qualities abound

Art of Innovation:
Where do students feel motivated to look at learning in a new way? Why not outside immersed in nature, learning environmental advocacy by absorbing the importance first hand? Every environment is a learning opportunity; seize the chance to make outdoor learning environments a priority for your campus master plan.


Greening the Campus