Unique Learning Spaces
Oak Ridge is proud to support sustainable ecological spaces by creating outdoor play areas, helping pollinators and enhancing wildlife habitat.
Nature Inspired Play Space
This area is designed with nature inspired components to encourage unstructured play, take on and overcome challenges and guide creative ways to connect with nature and the outdoors. Inclusive, multi-sensory play spaces support learning about the outdoors, invite curiosity about the natural world, encourage social play and engage all of the senses.
The sound sculptures in this area are designed to create music and inspire joyful play. Outdoor working sculptures and percussion instruments encourage play, learning and enjoyment. Music creates community and connection that builds confidence, creativity, and self-expression wile reducing stress and elevating moods.
This area is managed as an outdoor classroom space to develop an appreciation and awareness of the Earth's natural resources in all weather types and seasons. School forests support a long-term commitment to natural resource management, exploring environmental issues, and taking action to improve the environment. This space supports an intentional focus on cooperative play, careful observation, and wilderness exploration.
This area is designed to grow small plots of vegetables and flowers. Gardening provides an opportunity to physically connect with nature, allowing for observation and research of the life cycle of plants. It fosters organization and math skills along with patience and care for nature.
Native Prairie Restoration
This area is being restored and managed to encourage the growth of grasses and wildflowers that are native to Minnesota. In addition to preventing erosion and improving water quality, the diverse native plants provide essential food and habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Natives are well adapted to local conditions, require very little care once they are established, and add beauty to the landscape.
This area is engineered into a shallow depression of multiple layers where water collects. Deep-rooted plans naturally filter rainfall to help keep groundwater clean. Plants and natural features in rain gardens help to stop runoff water by holding and soaking in precipitation and filtering out pollutants. The gardens help with flood protection, habitat creation, pollution control and water conservation.
This area is planted with fruit trees and is an open space for enjoying nature. Orchards are a good way of producing food locally in a way that is sustainable over many years. Fruit trees also provide a food source for pollinators.
Our Ology Lab is a flexible laboratory space for hands-on exploration.
This beautiful feature purifies the air and provides indoor green space. Students designed the plant layout and helped install the plants.