Landscape Architecture Presentation on Earth Day at Hawks Rise Elementary School
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Posted by: Joe Sorrentino
April 22, 2013 (Earth Day)
Landscape Architecture Presentation on Earth Day at Hawks Rise
David Malcolm, ASLA
Landscape Architecture was the topic as 5th grade class at
Hawk's Rise Elementary School participated in
Architecture was the topic on Earth Day as the entire 5th grade
class at Hawk's Rise Elementary School participated in an interactive
presentation, provided by members of the Florida
Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The classes gathered in the cafeteria and
sat at tables while Patrice Hanulak,
ASLA and David Malcolm, ASLA gave a graphic presentation of Earth Day and
explained the history and importance of this environmental holiday.
Over 150 fifth graders and their teachers
learned about the origins of the holiday and how widespread its focus has
become over the decades.
pollution, saving open space, protecting natural features, are just a few of
the focus points, which many groups and individuals participate in to raise
awareness,” explained David Malcolm.
Several students were eager to participate in answering questions about
many of the events in which they will participate in this week.
Everything from planting trees, cleaning up
trash and increasing recycling activities, were just a few mentioned.
transitioned the discussion toward the profession of Landscape Architecture by
explaining how students could focus their careers doing things like "planning environmental
places, designing park land and preserving trees and vegetation on sites.”
Hanulak showed beautiful images of resorts,
parks, campuses, gardens, neighborhoods and open spaces, which have all been
designed by Landscape Architects.
Hanulak encouraged the students to think of places that they go every
day such as, "neighborhoods, schools, and shopping centers, are all places that
Landscape Architects work to make a difference by making them comfortable
places which are beautiful and that add environmental qualities.”
Stormwater ponds, streetscapes, trails and
walkways were a few elements identified by the students in which they see
everyday as they arrive to their school campus – all items designed by
presentation interactive, students were given the opportunity to design a school – park at the elementary school
30 groups were formed and each
one worked together to list out park program elements and then illustrate the
features on maps of the school campus.
For 10 minutes each group worked quickly to generate their ideas and
draw on the maps.
David, Patrice and
teachers walked around and worked with each group and encouraged them to think
about ways to improve the campus.
student group focused on a new active recreation design while another was
interested in passive / environmental features. "I can't fit it all within the
space”, explained one team member as she tried to place all her elements on the
"It's all about balancing the needs
and what the site can handle,” coached Malcolm.
Later, three of the groups presented their plans on stage and discussed
how each one was different.
presentation wrapped up as prizes were handed out, provided by Keep
Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful and Porter Paints, to the students who
successfully answered pop-quiz questions about what they learned during
All the students received
wildflower seeds to plant in honor of Earth Day, provided by Florida Wildflower
Foundation, and were encourage to use their new skills to find the perfect
place to sew the seeds.
David Malcolm, ASLA, is a member of the Florida
Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is currently the
Tallahassee Section Chairman and is a Vice-President with WPi, a Landscape Architecture
To learn more about Landscape
Architecture in the state of Florida,