The Academy is central to community life in Carlton Landing. With facilities are embedded into the neighborhood, surrounded by homes, a park, our community garden and the Carlton Landing Nature Center. In its central and convenient location, the Academy facilities are also currently used for community meetings, cultural events, visiting speakers and fitness classes.
The Academy is the first built example of the “Learning Cottage”, a design concept developed by Tom Low, an architect from Charlotte, North Carolina. The concept was designed to provide generously sized classrooms featuring tall ceilings, ample sunlight and views of nature. Separate buildings are arranged to create protected outdoor recreation areas.
The Academy is able to enjoy several community amenities of Carlton Landing, such as:
• THE CARLTON LANDING NATURE CENTER. Located directly across the street from the existing Academy facilities is the site of the Carlton Landing Nature Center. As the Academy continues to grow, half of its facilities will actually be located inside the Nature Center. This 50 acre project is the outcome of a long term lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a strategic partnership between the Carlton Landing Community Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and the Town of Carlton Landing. The overall project includes several miles of hiking and biking trails, outdoor classrooms, wildlife education exhibits, an outdoor amphitheater, and an extensive conference and retreat facilities complex.
• THE COMMUNITY GARDEN. Directly across the street from Carlton Landing Academy is the community garden. The area is complete with raised beds filled with highly enriched planting soil, an outdoor kitchen, a chicken coop and a flowing water feature. During the growing season, students from Carlton Landing Academy utilize the Community Garden multiple times each week.
• THE COMMUNITY DOCKS. The community docks provide a place for students to fish or learn more about the lake habitat. In September of 2015, the students walked less than 5 minutes to reach the community dock and learned how to hand-line fish (simple hook and line tied to a stick held in your hand). Within one hour, the students caught more than 120 fish!