CONNECTIONS Spring 2018
A Tale of Two Fields
So Holland Christian has decided to partner with the Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC), the area’s foremost expert on outdoor education, to create its Nature-Based Education program. Although the nature-based kindergarten class will be part of South Side Elementary, students will spend their days learning in and around the multi-acre wooded area nestled in the heart of the HC property on Ottawa Avenue, specifically behind, or to the west of the Middle School. All of us are excited about the possibilities that exist within that multiple-habitat space–room for trails, gathering spaces, outdoor classrooms, and natural playscapes. About half of class time will be spent outside, changing according to weather, but we’re also planning outdoor-focused classroom buildings, with the help of the ODC and GMB Architects. They’ll look a little different than traditional classrooms—outfitted with all natural play materials, glass garage doors for walls, drains in the middle of the floors so teachers can hose down the classrooms as needed, since brooms probably won’t do the trick.