This themed public school incorporates the school’s natural setting to provide hands-on experience.
A magnet school for 6th grade students interested in environmental studies was built at the Blandford Nature Center. It is the first Grand Rapids Public School facility built primarily with private donations. Rockford worked closely with the students and teachers to use the project as a learning opportunity. The teachers carved nature scenes into the unique basswood doors, and students created the tile wall mural honoring Mary Jane Dockery, founder of the Blandford Nature Center. The school features Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) and Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) construction with geothermal heating, which helped achieve LEED status.