In addition to our private school work throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, we have worked on nine (9) public school projects with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). With each project comes new opportunities and priorities as each School District has varied programmatic and design goals and objectives, which all reflect the communities they serve. We have worked on a Triple Net Zero, twin elementary school within a wetland environment, while another District has presented us the challenge of creating a strong outdoor, “seaside,” learning laboratory to emulate their community’s history and context. While each School certainly maintains its unique character and identity, our baseline philosophy surrounding the importance of integrating the landscape with the building and the curriculum holds true across the board. We take to heart the decades worth of research that have proven the positive social-emotional impacts that nature has on our human psyche, which is why we work to incorporate outdoor learning labs, discovery classrooms, rain gardens, and opportunities for the students to really interact with nature… to learn how to really feel and observe their surroundings; to get their hands dirty and have fun!