Outdoor Garden Learning Space
Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary

Cal Poly architecture students: Laura Radle, Jesilyn Peterson, Nadia Montes
Under supervision of Professor Sandy Stannard (and licensed architect)

Evaluated by licensed structural engineer Greg Stork

Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary School

Principal: Dan Block
451 Jaycee Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 596-4030

Project Synopsis: An interactive space for enhanced outdoor learning

A space to learn, explore, and be inspired by nature, this project functions as a support space for the existing garden while providing new opportunities for teaching and learning. It includes a shading structure and interactive features that playfully reveal lessons, including a human sundial, solar powered fountain, weather station, and plant/root observation station. Many of these elements provide opportunities for the children to participate in shaping the space, truly making it their own.  The most notable benefits include:

•children spending more of the school day outside
•improving environmental consciousness
•familiarizing children with self-reliant, healthy, low impact lifestyles
•building community by bringing families, teachers, and other community members together, generating excitement and support for a richer educational experience.
Garden Annex Plan
“An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

--Richard Louv, ‘Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder’