Outdoor Classroom Design Process

Learning About Your Program

Once your design consultation is scheduled, our client services representative will send you resources and educational materials to inspire your planning team. During video conferencing meetings, our specialized multidisciplinary teams, comprised of professionally trained outdoor classroom designers and education specialists, we will help you prepare for your upcoming design and answer any questions you may have. Through information gathering, aerial imagery and measurements, we will help guide you in submitting photo documentation and site information that is valuable to us to prepare you for the next step.

Understanding Your Site

The consultation begins with an initial presentation familiarizing your planning team with Nature Explore’s evidence-based research and field-tested design principles. After, we discuss the vision you have for your outdoor classroom, we will talk about how you currently use the space, what is working for you and what changes you would like to see.

Developing Your Vision

Following the initial meeting, our designer will analyze the existing site conditions and develop a cost-effective, low-maintenance and attainable concept based on your vision for the space, the opportunities and constraints of the site, and the Nature Explore design principles.

Presenting Your Concept Plan

While our designer/educator team presents your concept plan, we will address any questions you have and help to build consensus within your planning group. Afterwards, we help you determine the next steps to building and maintaining your Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.

Planning for Successful Implementation

We prepare and deliver your final design consultation package which includes an executable concept plan, a watercolor rendering- perfect for fundraising, an estimate of material quantities to assist with pricing, a written project summary and a guide for implementing your outdoor classroom project.

Offering Ongoing Support

Every classroom we design is as important to us as it is to you. We want to see your classroom thrive by offering you on-going support and comprehensive resources tailored to fit your needs. You will be paired with one of our Client Services Representatives for continuous support, available to answer questions as you implement your outdoor classroom plan.


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