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Children's Environments

Children's Environments

For more than 25 years, MIG has specialized in the planning, design, and management of children’s environments and programs. MIG has researched and documented how appropriate design and programming can support the developmental and educational needs of children from zoos to schools. MIG regularly collaborates with professionals in education, recreation, public health, and law enforcement; and with other organizations concerned with the welfare of children and youth.

Childcare Centers
Child size sink and water fountain
Cisco Systems Childcare Center Design

MIG designed a new 50,000-square foot children’s play area for Cisco Systems with six different age-appropriate settings.


Boys under an apple tree
U.S. Army Child Development Centers Standard Designs for Outdoor Play Areas

MIG developed a series of childcare center prototypes for the largest employer-provider of childcare in the world—the U.S. Army.


Honolulu, Hawaii
General Services Administration (GSA) Childcare Centers

MIG developed prototypical and custom-designed childcare centers nationwide for the General Services Administration.


Creek feature gives children direct contact with nature.
Letterman Childcare Center Outdoor Learning Environment

MIG developed an innovative new outdoor learning environment that meets the needs of various age groups at a new childcare center in San Francisco.


Children's Gardens
Child making an owl's nest
Cornerstone Gardens

This artful garden integrates key elements of the Sonoma winemaking landscape with water features, shade structures and interactive play elements.


Interactive water pool and river
Comer Children’s Hospital Garden

MIG designed the fourth floor healing garden on the roof outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) floor of the Comer's Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.


Building in the Construction Area
Tule Elk Child Development Center

MIG designed and oversaw the construction of this unique outdoor learning environment that balances child development, recreation, landscape architecture, and education.


Museums
Final Site Master Plan
Science Factory Interactive Outdoor Science Park

MIG designed a new Outdoor Science Park to support the programs of The Science Factory Children’s Museum & Planetarium.


Preliminary Master Plan
Indianapolis Art Museum - Art & Nature Park

MIG worked collaboratively with museum staff, community groups, Indianapolis Greenways, and the City to develop a master plan for a 100-acre Art and Nature Park.


Act like an animal
Kohl Children's Museum Habitat Park

MIG designed three new exhibits and a sign system for Habitat Park—a two-acre outdoor space at The Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.


illustrative sketch
San Jose Children's Discovery Museum "Way Back" Lot

MIG developed the design program and master plan for an outdoor play and learning area.


Play Areas
Market Street Park 6
Market Street Park Master Plan

MIG designed a desert-themed children’s play area for the town center of a new development in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Park
Howarth Park

MIG designed an award-winning themed play area for Howarth Park—a 152-acre community park in Santa Rosa—that would be particularly challenging for young people with and without disabilities.


Demographic Map
Denver Play Master Plan

MIG is working with Denver Parks and Recreation to develop an innovative planning model and comprehensive strategy to create the first citywide play master plan in the country.


Park Master Plan
Koret Children's Quarter

MIG help to transform and enliven one of the oldest play areas in the United States in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.


Sample Guideline: Family Picnic Area
Play for All Book

The award-winning PLAY FOR ALL guidelines has become the industry standard for all planners, designers and manager of accessible and inclusive outdoor play settings.


Signage
Indio Parks Renovation

MIG is renovating four parks and master planning a new sports complex and civic center for the City of Indio.


Act like an animal
Kohl Children's Museum Habitat Park

MIG designed three new exhibits and a sign system for Habitat Park—a two-acre outdoor space at The Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.


Chase Palm Park 1
Chase Palm Park

MIG created an award-winning, universally designed children's environment located along the Santa Barbara beachfront.


Stream
Jurgens Park & Play Area

MIG helped to create an imaginative environment that reflects the site's agricultural history at Jurgens Park in Tualatin, Oregon.


An illustration of the proposed changes to the Nature Center.
Tamarack Nature Center

MIG is revising and expanding the Master Plan for the new “Destination for Discovery” at the Tamarack Nature Center.


Towncenter Community Park Aerial View
Towncenter Community Park

35 acre community park in Santee, California.


Conceptual Rendering
Always Dream Park

Innovative play area designed to provide creative and active play opportunities for children with and without disabilities.


Child on bones
Ibach Park

MIG's design for this award-winning community park in Tualatin, Oregon provides a variety of recreation experiences for people and children of all abilities.


Schools
Barn
Seven Hills School Facilites Master Plan

MIG developed a master plan for Seven Hills School that considered sustainable design of the facilities while responding to school needs.


kids in motion
Woodland School Campus Design

MIG designed a shared campus for two new elementary schools in Oakland, California.


School Entrance
Glendale Edison School - Pacific Park

MIG designed and developed the master plan and construction documents for this joint use school and park in Glendale, California.


Maze Element
Beijing Elementary School Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE)

MIG designed a rich variety of outdoor spaces where students at the International School of Beijing can play, explore and learn.


Treehouse Classroom
Taipei American School Outdoor Learning Environment

MIG developed a complex outdoor learning environment serving over 800 early childhood and elementary school students in Taipei, Taiwan.


The Walkway on the Neighborhood Side of the Building
St. Coletta of Greater Washington School Design

MIG, in collaboration with an architectural firm, designed a new campus for St. Coletta of Greater Washington, an independent non-profit school for youth ages eight to twenty-two with moderate to severe mental retardation, autism and secondary disabilities.


Building in the Construction Area
Tule Elk Child Development Center

MIG designed and oversaw the construction of this unique outdoor learning environment that balances child development, recreation, landscape architecture, and education.


Zoos
Color Concept
Play Park at Jacksonville Zoo

In collaboration with exhibit designers and a local architect, MIG designed the “Play Park,” a new interactive children’s area for the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens.


The Beach
Tiny Tot Nature Spot at the San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoological Society worked with MIG to develop an early childhood exhibit in an effort to provide a special place to serve families with young children.


Girl as Butterfly
The Valley Children's Zoo at the Oakland Zoo

MIG created a series of interpretive play areas based on the behaviors and habits of animals for the Oakland Children's Zoo.


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Hamill Family Play Zoo at the Brookfield Zoo

MIG designed this family-centered “adventure and discovery landscape” that helps children and adults develop a caring attitude towards animals and nature.


Site Plan
Nature's Neighborhood at the Toledo Zoo

MIG helped the Toledo Zoo develop a state-of-the-art, multimillion dollar children's zoo.


Condor Kid!
Los Angeles Zoo, Condor Discovery Room

The Condor Discovery Room is an interactive and immersive adventure play experience that explores the life and survival of the California Condor.


Barn and Goat Setting
Oklahoma City Children's Zoo

The new Children’s Zoo provides a positive, fun, authentic experience that connects children and their parents to nature while cultivating a caring attitude toward animals and their habitats so they will become stewards of the earth.