Every kid dreams of having a treehouse in his own backyard. That’s because it’s a place where kids can discover, explore, and investigate the world around them—in the arms of a big tree. At MSD, we think that every child should have a treehouse at school, too. Guided by a professional treehouse builder, MSD middle school students realized their dream and built a treehouse on our campus this spring. Click here to learn more about how they collaborated together to build the first treehouse on a school campus in Denver! If you have any additional questions, please contact Ginny Bishop at email@example.com.
Check out the video below to hear the story of the creation of the MSD Treehouse:
At Montessori School of Denver (MSD), we think every child should have a treehouse at school. That’s why when our sixth grade students asked us to build a treehouse on campus, we couldn’t help but agree.
“When our middle school students came up with such an entrepreneurial idea, we knew we had to make it happen. The MSD treehouse is the first of its kind on any school campus in Denver,” said Stephanie Flanigan, Head of School at MSD.
Montessori School of Denver encourages innovative thinking at every grade level, and the MSD treehouse is a perfect example of this special brand of education. The treehouse, conceived and designed by MSD’s middle school students, will wrap around a large tree outside the new Arts and Athletics Center on the north side of campus. It will incorporate the beautiful branches of the stately tree but it will not rely on its leafy branches to provide support.
“We were very careful to make sure that the tree would not be harmed or disturbed by the treehouse structure, but still would be an integral part of its design,” said Julie Bragdon, Assistant Head of School at MSD.
Guided by professional architects, Chris Shears and Andy Rockmore of Shears Adkins + Rockmore, MSD middle school students visited the downtown architectural firm once a week to brainstorm and design the treehouse, using the real tools of the trade. They studied design concepts, learned to use the computer program Sketch Up, and built a number of dream treehouse models before they had their final design in hand.
“Going down to work with Andy Rockmore on the treehouse—that was so amazing—just a great experience. I would go back again and do it all day,” said Ethan Gedrose, MSD middle school student.
Armed with a plan and drawings, MSD hired treehouse building expert John Griffin, Treehouse Colorado in Boulder, to construct this one-of-a kind structure. Griffin completed the final design based on the models with the students’ input and they approved! Construction began April 6 (students will be helping with construction), and all MSD students will enjoy the use of their new treehouse by mid-May.
“The architects told us that the treehouse could be a possibility, so we just started building on that idea and it’s great that it’s actually going to happen,” said Tommy Brinkman, MSD middle school student.
For more information about MSD and its exciting treehouse project, please contact Ginny Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org.