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Custom OutClass™

Looking for something more customized to your needs? Do you have an idea specific to your landscape? Give us a shout! We have a team of accomplished designers capable of going the extra mile to cater to your specifications as we design and build an outdoor learning environment that comprehensively addresses your facilities’ requirements.

Click Below for Information on Each Custom Project
Royal St.George College
OWL - St. Brigid
Humber College
ACW - Woodlawn
Alpha Child Care
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fort Erie Regional CCC
Canadian Martyrs
Kingsway College
Kerry Wood Centre
Bethlehem H & SS
1000 Women Child Care

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Royal St. George College

Toronto, Ontario

We were asked to create an outdoor learning space on the roof of an underground parking garage as the final piece of a multi million-dollar effort to rebuild the facilities. Through a robust consultation process involving many students and all of the teaching staff, it became clear that what was missing was a commons full of shade and sensory experiences. We installed natural basal columns combined with slabs of limestone bedrock and heavily planted raised beds. The learning space was transformed, now offering 50% more shade as it quickly became an oasis in the center of the campus.

This is a unique courtyard with an amazing variety of natural materials throughout; stonework, decking, logs and shrubs were all integrated into the environment to re-naturalize the space and offer teachers & students a conducive space to teach and learn. 

OWL – St. Brigid

Ayr, Ontario

OWL St. Brigid was part of a genuine collaboration between our team and Owl Childcare. The installation involved two spaces, one for toddlers and one for preschoolers.

The client was passionate about following the research to include an outdoor learning environment with a full sensory experience for every child. Areas for music, water with sand, pockets for creative and dramatic play, and age appropriate gross motor challenges were developed.

Humber College Childcare

Toronto, Ontario

A unique collaboration between the early childhood centre, the development fund, the department of childhood education and the horticulture program with Humber Arboretum to redevelop their primary outdoor learning environment. The space serves infants and toddlers and includes gross motor development, sand & creative play, musical instruments, sideways trees and gardening areas. In addition to the diverse play opportunities, this site also has unique topographic change and winter interest.

ACW Childcare – Woodlawn

Welland, Ontario

This toddler outdoor learning space has a gamut of diverse areas for children to practice their gross motor skills that include gentle sloping hills covered in grass, clusters of service berry shrubs that act as living forts, decking on the pathways, and a wooden tunnel to climb through. Our favourite component is the carved wooden log trough with push faucet allowing water play in the sand area. The children have instant water with the push of a button, great for exploration, social skills, language development and sensory play.

Alpha Child Care

Brampton, Ontario

The result of a partnership between Alpha founder Catherine Humphreys and Adam Bienenstock . The outdoor learning space is dedicated to her passion for connecting today’s children to nature and developing the sense of wonder that seems to be missing in our urban centres. The design involved four separate learning areas that connect seamlessly between the spaces and age groups for which they were developed. Attention to the finest details of appropriate challenge for all ages—infants, toddlers, preschool and after school—were created in tandem with the pedagogy of the program.

Each area of this playground is sensory rich and engaging. The infant area has an amazing grass hill with the slide just the right size. The toddlers have clusters of Service berry shrubs for convenient snacking. The water feature in the preschool area is fantastic. It starts on the top of a small hill and ends in the sand pit, which makes it ideal for making dams and creating sand sculptures.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School

Burlington, Ontario

Sacred Heart is an Eco-Certified School in Burlington, ON and part of the Halton Catholic School Board. In an effort to create an outdoor learning environment that aligned more closely with their values and approach to education, the school focused on developing a more nature-based play space. The goal was to create a space that allowed them to provide a wider range of sensory experiences and engagement and to create a space that would allow them to extend their classrooms outdoors.

We approached the design of this outdoor space with multiple unique “pods” dedicated to outdoor curriculum, dramatic/imaginative engagement, sand & water / fine-motor-skills and gross-motor development. Care was taken to arrange these pods for seamless flow from one activity to the next. Not only did this increase children’s opportunities to engage with natural elements, but it created visually defined spaces with various behavior settings, ultimately improving the functionality of the space for children and educators.

Fort Erie Regional Childcare

Fort Erie, Ontario

The Fort Erie Regional Childcare outdoor learning environment was funded by Niagara Child and Family Services. This facility was blessed with large perimeter shrubs and trees, a perfect opportunity to seize the value of the full sensory experience for their children.

The large amorphous sand area has water fed from one of our water troughs and a large stump cluster in the border that retains some of the topographic change that we’ve added to the site.

The centre was not only interested in the mirror panels, black boards, curriculum cabinets, wacky posts, and more that our catalogue offered, they were interested in embracing the pedagogy and practice that these products supported.

In addition to designing and building their space, our team has provided mentorship training with all of the staff as they continue to grow their practice. As a result, they are seeing calmer, more focused children and better outcomes for teachers and staff.

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School

Hamilton, Ontario

Composed of asphalt and turf, this flat, featureless school yard was in desperate need of an upgrade. Through a comprehensive engagement process, we worked closely with the students, the parent council, and the school board to gather input for the design. This informed the development of a unique design that now ultimately offers an outdoor learning environment and an abundance of sensory engagement/development opportunities.

A climbing boulder, rolling hills, and clusters of stumps give the students exciting places to run, climb, and jump. Quieter seating areas, an amphitheater space, and a dedicated gardening area give teachers places to bring lessons and curriculum outdoors at any time of the school day. Selecting native and hardy plant species, and ensuring the design included vehicle access to the sports field beyond ensured the play space would not increase the school board’s maintenance costs. Densely planted shrubs and trees unify the space, offer shade throughout, and help create a buffer between the outdoor learning environment and Hamilton’s busy Main St that runs parallel to the site. 

Kingsway College

Etobicoke, Ontario

Located on one of Toronto’s major arteries, all the surfaces of the former outdoor learning space were paved and terraced to remove the slope. The walls of the building acted as amplifiers of the road noise, rendering the space unsuitable for conversation or quiet play. Our new design celebrated the grade change, shifted to rolling and organic topography and surfaces and maximized tree and shrub cover to buffer noise. We built a visually stimulating solid fence of acrylic panels, blackboards, murals and plant material so the children could see the road but not feel as if their space was dominated by the noise. The result was a drop in decibel-levels of 500% and a transformation in the children’s behaviour. Teachers’ job satisfaction, program enrollment and academic performance all skyrocketed.

 The trees and shrubs transform the space providing shade, mottled light, fragrant breezes, wildlife engagement and loads of loose parts.

Kerry Wood Nature Center

Red Deer, Alberta

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is situated on traditional first nations land, a sensitive watershed, and bird sanctuary. The facility includes space for a nature-based preschool, with our goal being to create an outdoor learning environment that celebrates the stunning natural features that surrounds the center. Today, the space is fully accessible and features a music sound garden, sand area with water pump and stream, and ample loose parts children can use to construct sand sculptures and water dams. Moreover, the space provides children of all ages with opportunities for engagement and development. There are active, quiet, creative, and sensory opportunities available all in one amazing outdoor space.

 

Bethlehem Housing & Support Services

St. Catharines, Ontario

This centre is one part child care and one part community housing complex. Parents often spend time at the child care centre with their children. Our team had a very small space to work with, and we needed to design around a large Manitoba Maple. This required a novel approach because we needed to create an outdoor learning space for all ages.

The sand area features a curriculum cabinet that houses all of the sand gear and loose parts; children have the ability to access materials when needed. There is a water stump that allows water to be available on demand. This is perfect for creative/expressive activities; making sand sculptures and mud pies.

1000 Women Child Care Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Surrounded by a 4-story building and an abundance of paved surfacing, the scale of the space was initially very intimidating. Through careful selection of natural furnishings, plant material and child-scaled environments we were able to “soften” the space and create a more comfortable  outdoor education setting for the children. While this space offers an abundance of play opportunities in a small space, it also softens the aesthetic of the interior as children and educators look into the space. The unique relationship between the outdoor and indoor learning environments is truly one-of-a-kind.

Official Contest Rules

OFFICIAL OUTCLASS™ OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SPRING 2021 CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

  1. SPONSOR: The 2021 Outdoor Classroom Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, Inc., 1452 Concession Rd 4 W, Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 2B0, Canada (the “Sponsor”). Not sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with LinkedIN, Twitter, Google, Facebook or Instagram.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to child care directors (as defined below) or School Principals who are legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec or the United States who have reached the age of majority in their province, territory or state of residence at the time of entry, with the exception of employees of the Sponsor, its parent, related and affiliated companies, subsidiaries, departments or agencies, franchisees, suppliers, advertising and promotional agencies, contest administrators, and any other parties engaged in the development, production or distribution of Contest materials and those living in the same household.  By participating in this Contest, entrants acknowledge compliance with, and agree to be bound by, these Contest Rules.  Entrants who do not comply with any of these Contest Rules are subject to disqualification by the Sponsor, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

 Child care directors: Child care directors for the purposes of this Contest are pre-school and childcare centre directors that supervise and lead staff in relation to the caring and teaching of children and are responsible for all aspects of their centre’s programs, which may be for either private or public school child care centres.

School Principals: Principals for the purposes of this Contest are Principals of Elementary, Middle or High Schools.

3. CONTEST DATES AND TIMES: The Contest begins on February 10th, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. ET and ends on May 15th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Contest End Date”) after which time the Contest will be closed and no further entries shall be accepted.

  1. HOW TO ENTER: You can enter by visiting https://www.outdoorclassrooms.com/contest and entering your name (first and last name), facility name & address, phone number, e-mail address, digital signature, the number of children at your facility and whether or not you are part of a chain with more than one location. For this Contest, receipt of an Internet entry occurs when the Sponsor’s servers record the entry information. All entries must be complete and are subject to verification by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion.  Limit one (1) entry per childcare facility and limit one (1) entry per school.

Any attempt or suspected attempt to use robotic, automatic, programmed, or otherwise, illicit means to enter this Contest, or any other methods not authorized by these Contest Rules, for example, but not limited to, creating multiple accounts, identities, or registrations, all in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, shall be deemed as tampering and may disqualify you from entering, participating and/or winning a prize.  Entries that contain false or incomplete information are void.  Entries that are late, lost, stolen, illegible, contain false information, are damaged, misdirected, mutilated, garbled or incomplete, altered or otherwise irregular or that do not conform with or satisfy any or all of the conditions of the Contest Rules are void.  Entrants grant Sponsor a non-exclusive license to use all entries for any purpose.  No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants.  Proof of transmission (screenshots or captures, etc.) does not constitute proof of entry or receipt of an entry.

  1. CONTEST PRIZES:There is a (1) prize available to be won consisting of an outdoor classroom that includes; one (1) teacher station, twenty (20) student stations, one (1) outdoor double-sided chalkboard. (approximate retail value $15,000).

All winners assume any and all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by entering, participating in this promotion or use or redemption of a prize.  Prizes must be accepted as awarded and have no cash value.  Prizes or any portion thereof cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or special offers.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an alternate prize of equal or greater value if an advertised prize is unavailable at time of award.

  1. ODDSOF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received before the Contest End Date.
  2. SKILL TESTING QUESTION: Selected Entrants will be required, as a condition to winning a Prize, to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, the Sponsor’s mathematical skill-testing question.
  3. WINNER SELECTION AND CONFIRMATION: On May 16th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.ET(“Draw Date”) the Sponsor, or an employee, agent or other representative of the Sponsor, will conduct a random draw from all eligible entries (the “Selected Entrants”).  A Selected Entrant will be deemed a winner if they meet all of the eligibility criteria set out in these Contest Rules. If a Selected Entrant (or Selected Entrants) does not meet any eligibility criteria, he/she will be disqualified and will not receive a prize and another entrant may be selected by way of a random draw from the remaining eligible entries by the Sponsor. Before being declared a winner, a Selected Entrant will be required to: (i) correctly answer the Sponsor’s mathematical skill-testing question; (ii) sign and return the Sponsor’s Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release form (the “Release”); and (iii) comply with all other Contest Rules, all in the sole discretion of Sponsor.

Selected Entrants will be notified on May 17th, 2021 and will be contacted using the e-mail address provided at the time of entry into this Contest, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, and up to three attempts will be made to contact each Selected Entrant.  A Selected Entrant that does not or cannot accept a prize may be forfeited and a new Selected Entrant selected by random draw, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.  A signed copy of the Sponsor’s Release must be received by the Sponsor no later than 11:59 PM on May 20th, 2021.  Sponsor is not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a Selected Entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsor to receive a Selected Entrant’s response.

Disputes regarding identity of entrant: If the identity of a Selected Entrant is disputed, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder (the individual assigned to the e-mail address or, if applicable for entry, social media handle associated with the entry). Each Selected Entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the Authorized Account Holder associated with the selected entry.

  1. RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION: All potential winners must sign the Sponsor’s Release to: (i) confirm compliance with all Contest Rules; (ii) agree to accept the prize as awarded; (iii) release, discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor, its departments and agencies, parent, related and affiliated companies, subsidiaries, franchisees, advertising and promotional agencies, counsel, marketing partners, Facebook and Instagram and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, shareholders, successors, sponsors, partners, licensees, subsidiaries, agents, artists, advisors, assignees, and all others associated with the administration, development and execution of the Contest (the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all manner of action, cause of action, claim or demand, loss or injury, use or misuse of a prize or any travel related thereto, and the use of the Entry by the Sponsor, suit, debt, covenant, contract, including legal fees and expenses, whatsoever, including but not limited to, claims based on negligence, breach of contract and fundamental breach, failure of any third party contractor or supplier used in connection with any aspect of the Contest to perform or deliver any goods or services, any act of God or any other event beyond the Released Parties’ control, any dissatisfaction of any kind by a winner with any aspect of the Contest or any prize, liability for physical injury, death, or property damage which the entrants, guests, their heirs, successors or assigns have, might have or could have suffered, by reason of or arising out of the entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or in connection with the acceptance and/or exercise by the entrant of the Prize as awarded; and (iv) indemnify the Released Parties against any loss, damage or expense, including legal fees, that any of the Released Parties may suffer or incur as a result of any non-compliance by an entrant with any of the Contest Rules or participation in the Contest and/or in connection with the acceptance and/or exercise by an entrant of a prize and the use of the Entry by Sponsor.

The Sponsor is not responsible for:(i) incorrect or inaccurate entry information which may affect a person’s ability to participate in the Contest or be awarded a prize, including but not limited to human error, technical malfunctions, lost or delayed entries for any reason, mail failures, omission, or any combination thereof, and entries which fail to fully comply with these Contest Rules; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (iii) lost, incomplete, delayed, mutilated or misdirected entries or Declaration and Release forms; (iv) injury or damage to the entrant’s computer or to any other individual’s computer related to or resulting from participating in, or downloading any material regarding the Contest or accepting a prize; (v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize, including any travel related thereto and the use of the Entry by Sponsor;(vi) the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer “hackers” or otherwise; or (vii) late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify a potential winner.

  1. OTHER CONDITIONS: The Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or amend this Contest at anytime and in any way, without prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, if, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned for any reason, the Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Contest and conduct a random draw from all previously received eligible entries received by the Contest End Date.

Publicity and entrant information: By participating in the Contest, entrants consent to the use of their name, address, postal code/zip code, telephone number, social media handles, comments and image, whether on videotape, photograph or any other means, as may be edited, translated or modified in any way by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, for the administration of this Contest or any publicity carried out by the Sponsor, without further notice or compensation. Entrant information may be used for marketing.

Law: The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable Canadian federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and local laws. This Contest shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the province of Ontario, Canada including all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, rights and obligations between entrants and the Sponsor, and procedural provisions, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.  Any dispute shall be adjudicated by the courts sitting in Hamilton, Ontario.

Rule amendments: The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend or modify these Contest Rules, or modify, cancel or suspend this Contest, without prior notice for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation in the event that any cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupts, or threatens to corrupt, the security or proper administration of the Contest.

Intellectual Property: All intellectual property, including but not limited to trademarks, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, images, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned by the Sponsor.  All rights are reserved.  Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or other intellectual property without the express written consent of the Sponsor is strictly prohibited. The Sponsor’s marketing or other partners, if any, shall also have access to and rights to reproduce, copy or otherwise use any materials generated by this Contest or any submissions or materials generated by entrants.

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