CASE STUDY

Lifehouse Preschool

From a singular grassy campus to a diverse collection of native plants. Lifehouse Preschool is creating spaces that help connect students to nature.

INITIAL GOALS

Sure, a landscape with mowed grass and trimmed edges would be clean and manageable, but these school leaders wanted to send a bold message about their focus on child development. They asked us: How can we landscape our school entrance in a way that communicates our commitment to providing nature-based experiences for children?

ROZELLE SOLUTION: HABITAT LEARNING GARDEN

After listening closely to their vision and methodologies, our team designed a garden that welcomes birds, butterflies and children alike.

The space is filled with native prairie grasses, native sedges, and native flowers. A winding path allows children to wander and wonder at the beauty of it all. Not far away, we included a dry creek bed. Boulders are placed in strategic lookout spots so that children can climb high, observe, and be still. The entire space allows children to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.

“Teachers use this beautiful space as an outdoor classroom and children love it! It is attractive but also engaging for children as they develop skills and discover their place in the world.”

Shannon GraceDirector of Lifehouse Preschool
BEFORE & AFTER

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