The landscape master plan for Horn Elementary creates a living outdoor laboratory for learning and exploration. As part of the LEED landscape strategy, bioswales are provided to collect, cleanse, and infiltrate stormwater runoff. These natural systems will be incorporated into the science curriculum for studies on plant species, life cycles, water quality, and habitat. Raised vegetable garden beds will allow each classroom to grow food and implement science experiments, as well as promote healthy eating. A nearby rainwater harvesting tank will collect runoff from the building roof and irrigate the vegetable beds, reducing the potable water use on campus. Several different planting areas, such as reforestation beds, butterfly garden, and rain garden, will allow students to
participate in field studies and observation. A variety of nature play elements are interspersed throughout the core area known as ‘the habitat.’ Vine tepees, a sandpit, log circles and stepping stumps allow students to freely explore the wonders of nature with their own imaginative games and activities. By providing a hands-on living and learning laboratory, students will develop a better understanding and deeper connection to the natural world.
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