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SDSU Pugsley Center Outdoor Play and Education Area

Brookings, South Dakota

Confluence worked with the South Dakota State University’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) faculty to develop a program and concept for an outdoor play and education area that matched the teaching curriculum of the school and the Reggio Emilia philosophy that they strive to incorporate.

The outdoor laboratory (playground) will complete the renovation of the Early Childhood Education Center by expanding the existing playground into a unique set of outdoor learning environments. This renovation will transform the Fishback Center Outdoor Laboratory into a unique playground that will invite children to explore and learn from the physical, biological, and ecological aspects of their surroundings. Elements of this playground include multiple developmental and age appropriate play areas, in addition to gardens, a climbing hill, imagination town, and an outdoor art activities area along with numerous other elements unique to our local prairie environment.