The Los Angeles Times | Burbank Leader featured the John Muir Middle School outdoor learning space in an article on October 21, 2016 by city editor Mark Kellam.
Kellam reports on the 40-seat, 2,000-square-foot classroom, which was recently dedicated, resulting of a partnership the school formed with Woodbury School of Architecture and Nickelodeon. The project was sponsored by NBBJ.
Jeanine Centuori, director of the Agency for Civic Engagement at Woodbury University, ran this project and shared some details on the idea behind the outdoor classroom. “We are happy to expand our relationships with our neighbors right down the street in Burbank,” said Centuori. “This collaboration also included Nikelodeon who provided the landscape ground cover and plantings for the project. We look forward to continuing our work with the John Muir Middle School and others in the Burbank Unified School District.”
How did this collaboration came about?
John Muir Middle School Principal Greg Miller reached out to Woodbury to see if we would be able to work with them on an outdoor classroom project. Initially, their expressed needs were incredibly pragmatic. After seeing the past projects that ACE has produced, they were on board with a strong case for design being the driver of the project.
Why an outdoor classroom at John Muir Middle School?
The principal and faculty’s vision was to create a space where students could do different kinds of learning- in a setting that inspires out-of-the-box thinking. When the weather is mild, this outdoor setting works well as a complement to the classroom environment.
How will this classroom be used?
It will be used for all kinds of things- small performances, art workshops, poetry making, and more.