A team of Environmental Landscape Management students have won the Come Alive Outside Design Challenge.
The competition provides the opportunity for teams to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities.
In partnership with Come Alive Outside and Landscape Ontario, Wentworth Landscapes hosted a Design Challenge in Picton, Ontario where students visited Massassage-Rednersville Elementary and the HUB Childcare Center to work with the students and teachers there to create ideas for their entries.
The winning team entered a design for a sensory garden, shown below, to engage children's curiosity. The garden allows them to see, hear, feel, smell and taste the plants.
The entry was created by primary team members Nicole Greshuk, Jacob Pacitto and Marco Parisi with secondary team members Evan Salmon, Andrew Balasa, Daniel Antoniel, John Aloisio, Kevin Kitamura, Edward DeBoer, Brie Rurak, Yusef Lokhat, Rouben Bulosan, William Xian and Stanley Deng.
Seneca's two teams had approximately six weeks to work on the designs, meet wth students and staff at the school, estimate costs, write a narrative paper and create a video — available on the Come Alive Outside contest webpage (the winning entry came from Seneca Team 2).
The winning design will be built by Wentworth Landscapes at the Massassage-Rednersville Elementary School in phases over the next 2 years.