Thursday, January 22, 2009

Launching Phase One ~ CONSTRUCTION!

Yesterday our wonderful Librarians snapped these pictures of the stone being delivered for the retaining wall and the butterfly bed in the triangle. Work begins soon!

Spring Valley we have BLAST OFF!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Here is a picture of the plan for the outdoor classroom. The picture will enlarge if you click on it. If you have any questions you can contact me.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Vision

The Triangle

The trees in this picture are metal sculptures of trees that will be mounted on the brick wall. We are looking for ways to best create these. We have small park benches that will be placed on pavers but will not be mounted. The flags in this last picture are an idea in the works to make this area a bit more whimsical.

The Entrance

This is a sketch of what I hope the entrance will look like. The name has not been decided. We have a little suggestion box up and are urging the school to help us name our new Outdoor Learning Center.

Grade Level Planting Beds

There will be ten beds at 12ft by 4 ft beds. They will be straight, not angled as they are here.

The Ampi-classroom

Quarry block benches will sit on the pea gravel. The pea gravel will be kept in place by a curb or landscape material. The black powder coated chain link is in the fore ground.

Outdoor Learning Center Ideas

I am going to upload pictures of things we want to include in our Outdoor Learning Center here so that those interested can get a better idea of what we are planning.

This is an outdoor area at Woodway that was inspiration for the Outdoor Ampi-theater designed for Spring Valley.

Instead of using these flat natural shaped bolder tops buried in the ground, I hope to be able to obtain quarry block to use as benches arranged in two rows in a half circle. We need these block benches to accommodate 24 kids comfortably. Below are sample pictures of Quarry block.

Below is the bench I would like for the Stone Ampi-theater front. This is what Sandy back has at Cedar Ridge. Also if we can not find the stone quarry block, we may try to make the ampi-theater out of these. (from the ad) "It's a standard garden bench but flip the back to create a bench and desk setup for student journaling, or turn two benches into one picnic table. Made from heavy-duty white vinyl, this bench does not splinter and contains none of the harmful preservatives found in many wood products. It is termite- and rot-proof, and will look like new for years. 59"x32"h."

This is Woodway's entrance to their P.A.W. Our entrance will be smaller than this.
Our Columns will be brick and our sign will be black. More similar to what South Bosque has but with red brick instead of tile.

These are the beds that Home Depot built for South Bosque. Our beds will be similar to these but longer. We also hope to brace the sides of our beds so students can sit on them.