Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Education program prepares college students to work with young children in both public and private school settings by creating a hands on environment for them to work one on one. GreenWorks developed a Landscape Site Plan, and design build construction drawings for a new Early Childhood Education Center at Mount Hood Community College. GreenWorks designed three distinct areas focused on different learning environments: an area for infants, an area for 3-5 year olds, and a less structured, natural classroom for free play and exploration. Early Childhood Education Teachers at Mount Hood Community College were looking for a new approach to their play spaces. They weren’t interested in the typical primary colored playground equipment and vast wood chip areas. GreenWorks assisted the client in building a natural play vocabulary, design sense and product knowledge needed to support the development and approval of a nature based playground. Features include earthen mounds, rocks and logs for climbing, a sand and water play area, a sensory garden and art and music features. The playground aims to instill a deeper connection between young people and the natural outdoors that they will continue to grow throughout life.

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