Natural Playgrounds &
Playful Learning Environments
Green Space Learning works with programs and agencies to provide high-quality, innovative indoor and outdoor environments for young children. In addition, Green Space offers professional development, keynote addresses, center consultations in business and operational practices and strategic planning.
Our work is inspired by Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophy where play is valued, and the child is respected as an independent person with plans and ideas. Our responsibilities as early childhood professionals are to provide rich, intentionally curated environments and the time for children to play, execute and explore their unique ideas.
Our outdoor environments support this type of play by encouraging endless opportunities for open-ended play, sensory exploration, physical development, problem solving, and creative thinking. We utilize unique, natural and sustainable materials such as logs, river rock, sand, pea gravel, plants, grass and low wood structures. With a focus on safety and usability, our spaces are easy to maintain and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Outdoor elements include spaces for large motor and big body play that provide opportunities for climbing, crawling, and jumping. Our spaces for infants and toddlers are designed to eliminate hazards while allowing for appropriate risk taking. Climbing elements are less than 20” from the ground, minimizing the need for fall zone materials. The use of hills and natural grades safely provides exciting and big body play without the typical playground challenges.
Areas for construction, mud and water play, sensory and loose parts play are also featured in our spaces. Creative expression through art, music, and dramatic play find new energy when taken outside. Defined and open-ended areas create balance from individual, small group, or large group activity.
Many of our outdoor environments include gardening and tinkering areas, allowing children to engage in long-term projects and collaborations.
From design consulting to turn-key installation, Green Space Learning provides a variety of services and levels of support.
Initial onsite consultation to take measurements, brainstorm, and make recommendations
Design with material lists and costs/vendors
Procurement of materials
Ongoing support and consultations