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An installed design incorporates educational gardens and wetland restoration to enhance the Plant Sciences Department of Greenfield Community College.

Outdoor Learning Laboratory, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield MA

Regenerative Design Group was contracted to help Greenfield Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy committee create a design for an outdoor learning laboratory on campus, including construction documents and specifications. Principal designer Sebastian Gutwein worked with faculty members of the horticulture and botany departments to develop a plan that meets both the curricular needs of the college and the site characteristics.

The space includes horticultural and botanical educational gardens, an exterior classroom, a wetland boardwalk and a geological rock park. The laboratory is designed to encourage student engagement with – and greater understanding of – the campus landscape, to create an opportunity for hands on learning, to beautify the campus, and to provide food for the dining hall and culinary program.

For this project, RDG provided both design services and construction oversight. The project is currently under construction and is planned for completion by the beginning of the fall semester 2016.

Key Features

  • Horticultural and botanical educational gardens
  • Wetland boardwalk
  • Geological rock park
  • Food production for campus dining
  • Accessible paths and viewing platform
  • Outdoor teaching spaces

Services Provided

  • Site assessment
  • Design services
  • Construction documents
  • Construction oversight

The Outdoor Learning Laboratory will be an attractive, ecologically-designed landscape that is rich with educational resources, performs ecosystem services, and engages the campus community in outdoor learning activities, contemplation, and environmental awareness.

Vision & Goals Document

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