Bringing Nature to Your School and Park
Learning is no longer confined to the classroom; outdoor classroom spaces provide the opportunity to advance a child’s education. Natural play areas at parks give your community a beautiful and natural place to appreciate the outdoors. SafetyFirst makes creating these natural spaces an easy process while engaging your school and community along the way. It is an opportunity to create a personalized outdoor space for students and children to gather, play, and learn.
One-of-a-Kind Natural Play Company
With decades of experience in forest products, we understand everything there is to know about procuring trees and other natural materials for unique purposes. And with over a decade of experience in the playground industry, we know the ins and outs of secure play structures. Together, we use our extensive experience to create safe and commercial natural play areas. As more schools and parks want natural learning areas, we are here to fill the gap as a qualified natural play company.
Outdoor Classrooms for Schools and Natural Play Areas for Parks
An outdoor classroom is used at schools to provide a natural learning environment for students. It is designed to be a place to appreciate the outdoors while conducting a class. An outdoor classroom typically features wooden benches, creative concrete surfacing, and accent areas, such as wooden pillars, large boulders, or painted features.
A natural play area resembles a playground with natural material transformed into play structures. Natural play areas are ideal for parks and municipalities. Some structures at outdoor wooden playgrounds include tunnels, mazes, climbers, and other unique events.
Our Nature Play and Outdoor Classroom Process
1. Understand your goals, timeline, and budget
For parks interested in a nature play area or schools wanting a natural learning environment, we start by understanding what you want to accomplish and learn the initial details.
2. Develop natural play plans and renderings
To build these unique playgrounds, we partner with our trusted architect experienced in outdoor classroom architecture. As with standard playgrounds, nature play areas require structural engineering to ensure the playground meets regulations and is safe for the children.
3. Locally source all the natural materials
Using the outdoor classroom architecture plans, SafetyFirst procures all materials in-house. We locally source all materials, including trees, boulders, and other building materials, based on your location or directly from the site – a unique service we offer. Lead time can take about 1 year.
4. Install the natural play or outdoor classroom spaces
Installing the outdoor classroom is a labor-intensive process because it requires onsite adjustments. While we cut and shape the materials beforehand based on the architecture designs, it’s a complex installation process that requires modifying the logs and materials during the build. Installation takes around 3 weeks.
5. Start your annual maintenance plans
Once your natural play area is complete, we’ll start an annual playground maintenance plan to keep the natural equipment in good shape. Ongoing maintenance ensures your nature play area or outdoor classroom will last longer while maintaining safety standards.
Our Outdoor Classroom and Playground Services
Using a variety of events and structures, we create unique natural learning environments and natural play areas for schools and parks. Some of the services we offer include:
- Mazes, tunnels, climbers, and other play areas
- Benches or seating structures
- ADA accessible pathways and events
- Painting to match school or community colors
- Custom concrete work
- Natural engineered wood fiber installation
Make Your School or Park Standout With a Nature Play Area or Classroom
I have been using SafetyFirst surfacing material in my district’s playgrounds for several years now. We have been very impressed with the quality and impact attenuation of this product. I would highly recommend it for any organization looking for a quality, long lasting product for their playground surfacing needs.
Facilities and Safety Coordinator
Eden Prairie Schools, ISD 272
Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds
Roseville Schools, ISD 623
Parks and Forestry Superintendent
City of Brookings, SD