The Department of the Environment of Prince George’s County noticed many nonprofit partners working to improve schools’ environmental impact, and began holding meetings to coordinate our efforts. NDC contributed our design services to bring high-quality, creative and functional designs to outdoor classrooms. By pairing this work with the work being done by other organizations (environmental education, staff training, as well as Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as stormwater management landscaping), we were able to amplify our collective impact.
This is the real innovative quality of the Treating and Teaching collaboration: its broad base of support and subsequent holistic coverage. Teachers receive training, schools receive infrastructure, and students get special lessons all centered on environmental awareness and sustainable design. Maintenance is assured through professional development workshops for building services managers and support staff.
NDC landscape designers Marita Roos and Laura Kendrick collaborated with Glenridge Elementary School faculty and staff and the Anacostia Watershed Society to create this outdoor classroom space.
In addition to Glenridge, we also worked with three other schools to implement or improve outdoor learning spaces; Walker Mill Middle and Capitol Heights Elementary in 2017, and Oxon Hill Middle in 2018. We hope to continue to work with Anacostia Watershed Society and the Department of the Environment until every school in the region has dynamic outdoor learning space.