Nature’s School


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This is part of the pattern language developed by TKWA for the Cincinnati Nature Center.

These days, preschool children often lack access to natural settings for extended periods of time. This problem has been identified and elucidated by numerous writers. Richard Louv, in his book “Last Child in the Woods”, presents research showing that frequent experiences in nature at an early age are critical to healthy child development.


Create a Nature Preschool. A Nature Preschool is not a set of classrooms; rather, it is a place in the woods which includes both indoor and outdoor space seen as a whole. It should be attached to the core area of the Center for support and resources, with a sense that it is all by itself in the woods.

Tom Kubala is principal of The Kubala Washatko Architects.
Tom Kubala

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