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U.M. Dana Garden

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Big Boy Rain Garden

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Mott Children’s Park

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North Campus Gateway

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Fleck Residence

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Mason Residence

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Old House Vineyards

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Recognizing the structural force of landscape, the Dana Garden redesign strives to emphasize the gradations of the existing topography by utilizing a mixture of both native and nonnative plants at a variety pf heights and textures. Plant choice and placement center around issues of soil type (a dry sandy loam) and available sunlight to recreate areas reminniscent of a tall grass prairie and woodland setting. All choices within the garden revolve around making a welcoming place-based outdoor classroom highlighting many of the native, and some non-native flora growing in the state of Michigan. Design Goals: • Accentuate native Michigan flora in landscape design • Emphasize the gradations of the existing topography • Create a sense of privacy and sanctauary away from the bustling thoroughfare next-door • Produce an engaging sensory experience through color and texture • Tie style, texture, and plant choice into the surrounding University setting • Provide opportunities for learning in conjunction with the curriculum of the School of Natural Resources & Environment

{ } U.M. Dana Garden Ann Arbor l Michigan l U.S.A.

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Located in northeast Ann Arbor, the Plymouth Rd Big Boy restaurant is working to reduce the amount of damage, pollution, and waste caused by stormwater traveling across the site’s parking area. Current water flow is creating significant damage to the existing asphalt lot, resulting in the necessity for annual patches. Solutions to this project include the installation of permeable pavers, trench drains, curb cuts, and a rain garden in key portions of the site. Design Goals: • Increase the amount of storm water infiltration occurring on site, thereby decreasing the amount of pollutants entering the water table • Create a design that captures the first ½” flush • Decrease the amount of damage caused by storm water runoff on the parking lot itself • Decrease the amount of water wasted overall • Minimize the amount of disruption to the existing infrastructure • Create an aesthetically pleasing design that can showcase the sustainability goals of the owner • Emphasize the flow of water around the site via planting design

{ } Big Boy Rain Garden Ann Arbor l Michigan l U.S.A.

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Located directly south of the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mott Children’s Park strives to provide a sanctuary and distraction for those both visiting and currently residing within the hopital complex. Designed in consultation with nearby Angell Elementary School students and regents of the hospital, the park space is divided into 4 main areas: the treehouse walkway, piano path and music area, butterfly gardens, and a central green all tied together via a pervading insect theme that can be spied both within and from a bird’s eye view of the space. Design Goals: • Create a fun and exciting outdoor space • Design a mix of low and high activity areas where children can both play and relax • Maximize maintenance, safety, and accessibility • Design spaces appealing to children both residing within and visiting Mott Children’s Hospital • Visually connect the park space to the surrounding environment (i.e. children’s hospital, university dormitory, and arboretum)

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Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the entryway to the University of Michigan’s North Campus has long been an interesting and complex planning problem. University planners’ goals are to transform the gateway into a sustainable, civically engaging, and collegiate entryway that can provide superior visual interest to those entering North Campus. However, due to safety and maintenance issues, this must be accomplished without creating interest that invites individuals to physically walk upon or utilize the interior median space. Furthermore, easy access to multiple points of infrastructure buried along the median must be maintained. Focusing mainly upon the large grassy median and connecting sidewalks along Bonisteel Boulevard, the design concept utilizes planting as a creative solution to this predicament. Interweaving ribbons of colorful vegetation as a metaphorical coming together of the many disciplines residing on North Campus, each color symbolizes one of the major four: Music, Art/ Architecture, Engineering, and Campus Housing. Additionally, extending this color-coordinated planting design beyond the initial entryway provides a seasonal method of way finding, as well as a sense of cohesion and community among the disparate sections of North Campus.

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Situated in a popular Washington D.C. suburb, the Fleck residence backyard design focused mainly on accomodating a growing family’s needs for outdoor entertaining. The original landscaping was mainly a blank slate consisting of a backdoor set of steps ending in a large expanse of lawn. In order to mitigate costs to the client and preserve the wider expanse of lawn for the children’s play, the design was limited to the small outdoor space immediately attached to the rear exit. A medium sized deck located a few feet above ground helps to expand the indoor living space outwards, while providing a larger entertainment space for the family to host small parties and outdoor barbecues. A flagstone patio attached at ground level further expands this space and provides the opportunity for more seating and relaxation around an inground fire pit. A bright contrasting brick border for the patio ties the hardscape back into the design of the main house. Colorful plantings which include the client’s favorite plant (Hydrangea), provide colorful and seasonal interest, while softening the divide between the built hardscape of the house, deck, and patio, and the existing lawn.

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The design team worked with Discovering PLACE, a collective of Flint-area K-12 schools, University of Michigan-Flint faculty and staff, community organizations, and parents; and Beecher Middle/High School, a Flint public school, to design a place-based outdoor classroom at Beecher, and develop an implementation plan, best practices guide, and corresponding curriculum. The overarching goal of the project is to strengthen the presence of place-based education at Beecher High School, and to document the process of implementing the project so that the experience can be used as a framework for other schools interested in incorporating place-based education into their own educational practices. Design Goals: • • • • • •

Integrate curriculum Maximize maintenance, safety, and accessibility Minimize site and habitat disruption Incorporate existing site features Appeal to a varierty of ages Feature local culture and environment

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Conceptual Site Plan Native Plant & Butterfly Spiral

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Vegetable & Fruit Garden t Raised Beds t Communal Beds t Picnic Area t Compost Bin t Tool Shed DRAWINGS t Rain Barrels t Permeable Pavers 1 l Outdoor Classroom Site Plan

Mown Turf Lawn Native Bush Hedge (Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac)

Arbor Native Plantings Educational Signage Decomposed Granite Path

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Tire Planters, Arbor & Mosaic Bollards Shade Sail & Tire Seating Bench

Material choices for the outdoor classroom evoke an easygoing, casual, and imaginative atmosphere for learning. Additonally, the use of tires in various forms (seating, planters, etc.) provides continuity through out while extending a nod to Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long history in the state automobile industry.

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Wooden Boardwalk Rain Barrels, Hoop Houses & Permeable Concrete Pavers

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Native Plant Palette Relying heavily upon native Michigan prairie and butterfly attracting species, the following page contains a selection of plants specifically chosen to suit the planting needs of the Beecher outdoor class room. Chosen not only for their vibrancy and beauty, native prairie plants provide sanctuary for numerous insect, bird, and small mammal species, reduce soil erosion, and increase water infiltration.

Additionally, native plants generally require less water than non-natives and need little regular maintenance making them easier for school students, staff, and volunteers to care for. The plants shown here are just a few examples of native Michigan plants, all of which are recommended for use throughout the outdoor classroom.

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Native/Butterfly Garden

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An outdoor meeting space meant to hold small class lessons and activities provides an escape into nature during the warmer months of the year. Separated a little ways from the main outdoor classroom area, the taller prairie grasses ensure a semblance of seclusion and quiet from the higher activity Constructed mainly of recycled tires and reclaimed wood, the circular seating bench holds small classes of twenty to thirty students at a time., while extending a nod to Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long history in the state automobile industry.

DRAWINGS 1 l Entrance Garden Elevation 2 l Vegetable Garden Elevation 3 l Covered Outdoor Meeting Area

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DRAWINGS 1,2 l Sample Lesson Plan Book Layout

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Step1: In order to better understand

the intricacies of color and form, the original artwork, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Morningâ&#x20AC;? by Lyubov Popova, was replicated in various mediums. First in colored pencil, then again in black and white using charcoal.

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The piece was then popped into a relief model made entirely of chip board and acrylic paint.

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Step 3: A 3-dimensional conceptual landscape model (inspired by the original artwork) was then created using only metal, glass, and wood for materials.

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DRAWINGS 1 l Study in Black & White 2 l Study in Colored Pencil 3,4 l Paint & Chipboard Relief 5,6,7,8 l Photos of Landscape Model

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DRAWINGS 1,2,7 l Wedding program 3 l Main invitation 4,5 l Map & directions 6 l Guest accomodations

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DRAWINGS 1l Wedding invite RSVP & music selection card 2 l Wedding invitation envelope 3 l Main wedding Invitation 4,5 l Baby Shower Invitation (front/back)

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Who do We Want to Participate? Everyone! All students, staff, family, friends, and community, members are able to assist in this phase of the project.

How to Participate? Twice a month we will be coming to Beecher to engage with teachers and students to collectively generate ideas, goals, and planning. This fall we will be hosting focus groups, visioning sessions, and workshops that will help guide the process. Be sure to watch for e-mail reminders!

As Master’s students from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, we are working with the Discovering PLACE UM-Flint Outreach program to guide the visioning and planning of a garden and nature trail outdoor classroom.

What is an Outdoor Classroom? A garden, nature trail, or other any other form of outdoor landscape where PLACEbased learning can be used as a tool to span multiple disciplines and grade levels. These environements help students to connect with their surroundings through inquiry-based learning and community involvement. Classroom pictured: Drury University

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How can an Outdoor Classroom be Utilized for Learning?

Benefits of an Outdoor Classroom

• Native plants help students learn about the natural communities within their own neighborhood • Laying out vegetable gardens teach both math and science skills, while introducing students to a practical skill in food production that they can bring home to their friends and families • Outdoor mosaics and other art projects allow for freedom of expression

• An increase in physical development, capability ,and activity • Setting up patterns for an active, healthy lifestyle • Fewer children suffering from diseases such as obesity, Diabetes, and ADD/ADHD

... and so much more!

Other Ideas:

Physical:

Cognitive: • Stronger language, problem-solving, and communication skills through projects and group activity • Developing an interest in science, math, and the arts through connecting with nature • Fostering learning through self-initiation, control, and personal responsibility

Psychological: • Happier • Higher, more positive self-esteem • Effective relationship building in a cooperative, non-competitive environment • Building a healthy and balanced internal psychology from time spent alone • Manifesting classroom harmony • Social-emotional mastery

Understanding: • Familiarity with and appreciation of nature • Wide, expansive view of how the world works • Building stewardship skills for the environment

• Produce stands to teach sales and business analysis • Rain barrels and water collection for reuse in the garden, and to teach ph testing, recycling, and environmental awaremeness • Photography (color, design, and composition) • Food delivery services: students can learn accountability and business via bike delivery • Harvest parties! Celebrate community with students, staff, and family


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DRAWINGS 1 l Growing Our PLACE brochure (outside) 2 l Growing Our PLACE brochure (inside) 3 l Revolutionary Gardens flyer (front) 4 l Revolutionary Gardens flyer (back)

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DRAWINGS 1,2,3 l Infographics for Fossil watch flow and case formations 4,5 l Employee Chat in/chat out program

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DRAWINGS 1 l Asymmetrical Porch Framing Plan 2,4 l Finished Porch Elevation 3 l Porch Framing Section 5 l Footing Detail

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MLA Erin-Amanda R. Schulz l earschulz@gmail.com l (248) 376-3383

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