Oklahoma State University
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Return to Nature Outdoor Learning Environment
The OSU Child Development Lab is creating a new playground that will foster lifelong learners with strong imaginations and an appreciation for the outdoors. The Return to Nature Project will encompass 13,750 square-feet of outdoor educational play space that will unleash children’s imaginations and senses of wonder through a variety of sensory and learning stations.

The Return to Nature Project will elevate the College of Human Sciences’ already stellar reputation as a leader in early childhood education. Teachers will infuse nature into the curriculum and introduce science and math concepts in creative, innovative ways. Research will be designed to evaluate the effects of the outdoors on students and will translate into a best-practices model for schools throughout Oklahoma to implement.

There are many ways for you to be a part of the Return to Nature Project and to help create this exceptional teaching and learning tool for the Child Development Lab and the College of Human Sciences. Together with OSU, you will support impactful opportunities for early childhood educators and students and further advance our cutting-edge Three Star facility.