WONDER WOOD, a healthy playground
In 2013, the philanthropic fund “Realdania” launched a campaign to increase activity among young school children. Wonder Wood was selected for its achievement that focuses on outdoor activities, the local community and on “learning in motion”
Located in the Rebild Municipality, northern Denmark, Skørping School has created an interactive playground. The Wonder wood project is a wooden loop that connects the Skørping schoolyard with the playgrounds and the skate park and winds through the forest at the back of the school to the neighboring residences. The children of the school and the neighborhood can access this loop to sit, run, slip and even climb. This large loop also serves as an open-air classroom, where children can settle and take their course.
This project was selected as one of the winners in a campaign by Danish Realdania, with an emphasis on encouraging the students to be more energetic, particularly those who normally lead less active lives. The venture, headed up by Danish landscape architect firm VEGA Landskab(link is external), perfectly complements the natural setting of Skørping School, encouraging participation and learning amongst students and the local community through an active interaction with nature.
The playground encompasses three distinct elements – at the forest edge a dedicated zone unites the transition from schoolyard to forest, the overgrown plants and weeds were cut back and new plants are added. A ‘forest loop’ runs through the playground, comprising a raised wooden walkway which weaves along the schoolyard and into the woods. Incorporating various activities along its route, the path includes a balance beam, ladders, benches and a treetop house. Bordered by this forest loop is an area dedicated to communal recreational activities, including basketball courts, swings, picnic tables and a skate park for students of all age groups to enjoy.
We are ready to go to school!