Parents and students are shaping the future look of IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60. The outdoor spaces at Lab School are getting a makeover, and the school community is weighing in on the changes. Lab School parents are known for their hands-on approach to helping out – now they get to assist in the fun planning stages of a major project!

Sharon Danks and Lisa Howard with nationally known eco-architects Bay Tree Design visited the school last week. They facilitated activities designed to gather data about the Lab School community. This data will help them as they design a master plan for improving outdoor spaces to make them more green, more educational, and more playful. This planning project was funded by Duke Energy and the Efroymson Family Fund.

Parents and staff brainstormed ideas for outdoor spaces with inspiration from the world’s best play/learning areas. Students also had a brainstorming session where they drew their own ideas for Lab School’s outdoor areas and identified their favorite things about the school’s grounds.

“This project will be large in scope and could include demonstration wind turbines and solar panels, prairie, wetland and wooded spaces, outdoor classrooms and expanded urban farming facilities,” said Lab School principal Ron Smith. A master plan, the first step in Lab School’s exciting new project, is anticipated to be ready in December. The next phase, seeking resources to build the project, will begin this winter. We’re looking forward to seeing the ideas of Lab School’s students and their parents come to life this year!