las animas middle school
located just outside of la junta, colorado, las animas middle school was one of two schools to be selected and awarded funding for the colorado health foundation’s (CHF) MSOLE (middle school outdoor learning environments) grant. with a goal of “cultivating minds,” the design is inspired by the local agrarian dominant landscape patterns of drainages and cultivation. opportunities for learning, socializing, and play are integrated through the outdoor classroom, social spine, tree grove, circular lawn, hard court, and play pit. cohesively, these elements form what will ultimately become a community asset inspiring healthy lifestyles and growing minds.