Outdoor learning spaces at Neev offer a vast array of possibilities that are not available indoors. Play spaces in natural outdoor environment include plants, trees, herb gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements of nature. Flowers, veggie patches and open ended resources embrace the 'built environment' that provides the setting for the activities underway and send a clear message to the children that, this is a place where the adults care about the environment, the school and them.
These spaces invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education. Environment and resources can also highlight our responsibilities for a sustainable future and promote children's understanding about their responsibility to care for the environment. They can foster hope, wonder and knowledge about the natural world.