ENC Nature Preschool

"A great deal of thought was given to the creation of a learning envirornment where nature was the focus."

AIA, Orange County Chapter Awards Program Jury

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Nature Preschool project is being managed by Griffin Structures and designed by LPA Inc. Project goals include achieving Platinum Level LEED as well as certification through the Living Building Challenge.

The scope of work includes the construction of a new preschool campus consisting of three classrooms, administrative spaces, all support spaces, and outdoor learning spaces. The total building area is 10,292 SF, single story, Type V-B, fully sprinklered.

The ENC Nature Preschool will be the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area. Located on 1.3 acres bordering the Nature Center’s Redwood Forest, the preschool will provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Here, students will spend most of the day outdoors. There will be play areas, but no playgrounds.  Children will be taught the building blocks of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education by playing and learning in the natural world, surrounded by nature.

The preschool will also engage parents in active learning and provide a research forum on early childhood and environmental education.

Renderings: LPA Inc.

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ENC Nature Preschool