Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Left: Iowa State U. landscape architecture undergrads took part in a 2-day design/build of an existing rain garden at Nebinger Elementary School, a public school in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Queen Village. Right: The outdoor classroom and school garden programs embody inquiry, creativity and contribute to giving the inner city elementary students positive attitudes about the environment and the physical sciences. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2018 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at circulation@landscapeonline.com or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. In the fall of 2017, undergraduate landscape architecture students in associate professor Bambi Yost's class at Iowa State University worked with students and teachers at Nebinger Elementary in Philadelphia and two nonprofits (The Big Sandbox and StudioLudo) to create an outdoor classroom in the school's stormwater garden. This was an ISU university student-led design-build project with significant community support. The Big Sandbox works to mobilize urban communities around green infrastructure and produce meaningful community spaces. This pilot project was for an "Extended Learning Outdoor Classroom" or ELO. The project was generously supported through a grant from the McClain Contributorship. ELO schoolyards provide a range of opportunities for kids in urban schools to learn about the physical sciences in an outdoor setting. The local inner-city children often have limited exposure to the natural environment, although Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the country. In partnership with Nebinger science and STEM educator Javier Dominguez, an Outdoor Club was established, that met twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, November through December 2017. Students in the program ranged from 2nd through 8th grades. The curriculum was a dynamic combination of STEM, art, and nature. All sessions were held in the garden. Week one was about plant identification and leaf prints; week two was parabolic line art and stick weaving; and week three was about species identification and birdhouses. This ELO project at Nebinger has helped develop a model on which to build a "kit of parts" for outdoor classroom education. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: skelly@landscapeonline.com. Story Ideas? Extended Learning Outdoors

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