John Muir Middle School debuts outdoor learning space

A new outdoor classroom was dedicated on Friday at John Muir Middle School on a site where a condemned bungalow had previously been located.

The 40-seat, 2,000-square-foot classroom is the result of a partnership the school formed with Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and Nickelodeon.

Led by Woodbury professors Jeanine Centouri and Oscar Corletto, a group of nine upper-class students in the architecture school conducted interviews with Muir teachers, staff and parents to see what they envisioned for the space, according to school officials.

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Starting this past January, the Woodbury students began building the walls, stage and seating for the classroom.

In May, as part of Nickelodeon’s “Viacommunity Day,” more than 50 volunteers from the company dug holes as well as planted hedges, trees and greenery and filled the space with more than 25 cubic yards of mulch.


Mark Kellam,

Twitter: @LAMarkKellam