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Emerson Foundation

Our mission

Emerson Montessori Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to the development and maintenance of a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for students and the community while working to ensure a socioeconomically diverse, inclusive school environment.

Emerson Campus

Our landscape is infused with community based learning! Our food forest and farm will provide food for our students to prepare in the student kitchen for the classroom. Our bike trails give our bike club students and the community a world class system of trails to hone their motor skills and grow their confidence on. Our natural playscapes and grounds inspire us with the beauty and serenity of nature. The Emerson environment is a third teacher to our students; it is here that we learn and grow together!


Natural Playscape Design Concept

The Emerson Montessori outdoor classroom and playscape integrate learning and play with nature. The design concept you see is a state of the art plan unique to our school. In addition to the stone seat amphitheater, there are slides built into hills and climbing landscapes that allow for the development of gross motor skills and coordination. Beautiful trees and shade structures will keep our students cool in the Tulsa heat and allow for areas of integrated play. The chicken coops will provide fresh eggs for our students, kitchen staff, and community to use. As you can see, the playscape houses a myriad of options for our students to explore!

Fundraising for this state-of-the-art project will begin soon! We will fund the infrastructure first and build from there. We cannot wait for this dream to become a reality for our students.

Emerson Montessori natural playscape design.

Nathan Pickard
Foundation President