Features to Encourage
Observation & Discovery
Remember the line from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come”? Unfortunately, that’s not always necessarily true. Many a schoolyard project has failed because it wasn’t designed to encourage students, staff and visitors to use it. Whether you’ve planted a garden for wildlife, installed a wetland, grown a forest or meadow, built an outdoor classroom or nature play area, or you’re just in the planning and design phase of a project, incorporating elements to encourage people to utilize and interact with your project and the natural world is crucial. Learn more about adding features like trails, seating, weather stations, observation platforms, sensory elements, nature play & wildlife features and more to encourage observation and discovery by student and adults!
Before You Start
Design and Preparation
Using Your Project
Sharing Your Project
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