Northwest ISD Outdoor Learning Center
Location: Justin, Texas
Size: 193 Acres
Project Architect: Stantec Architecture
Outdoor education has long been an area where educators have been able to introduce the sciences to students at an early age. Students typically have gone on day field trips or to overnight “camps” to explore much of the wonder that the outdoors have to offer. Northwest Independent School District is a Texas school district with projections of 30,000 students within the next 8 years. Northwest ISD is quickly evolving from a rural district into one that is very much a suburb. NISD addressed the costs and lost opportunities head on by investing in the creation of its own outdoor learning center on 193 rural acres. With a capacity of 500 students per day, the center allows all students to use the center throughout the year. Site improvements include improved trails throughout the site, pavilions, and overlooks of the creek and wildlife areas, an amphitheater, wetland improvements, and prairie land restoration.