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Initiative Supports Outdoor Classrooms in Maine

Portland, ME – The Boston Society of Landscape Architects reports that over the past month, 15 design teams – architects and landscape architects – have worked with the Portland Society for Architecture to analyze school campuses and design outdoor classrooms for the Portland Public Schools District.

Portland Public Schools is committed to assembling at least two outdoor classrooms per each elementary, middle, and high school. Many other districts in Maine have adopted similar strategies, with the assistance of additional designer volunteers.

This initiative is based on the national Green Schoolyards program out of Oakland, Calif. The local effort is spearheaded by Laura Newman and includes many community partners, such as AIA Maine, BSLA and the BSLA’s Maine section.

For more information and to volunteer, email Addy Smith Reiman at addy@portlandarchitects.org.