When I began this journey, the intent was two-fold. I had always included environmental awareness in my curriculum and wanted to take it a step further by creating an area outdoors, separate from our playground, that could be used as a 'special' learning place. I also was engaged with a two semester graduate course focusing on teacher inquiries. In case anyone is interested, I have attached my final paper from that course here. It was written April 2014. I hope that you might learn from it and gather ideas, but please respect that this is the summary of a year's work and it is MY work.