Olympic College’s Barner Learning Landscape
Olympic College’s Barner Learning Landscape


The Barner Learning Landscape is both a beautiful and environmentally significant area on the Puget Sound. What was once abandoned is full of educational potential that is now in the process of being realized. Previously owned by Dr. and Mrs. Barner, who achieve much within the community, their house was designed by the first woman architect of the University of Washington in 1938. The surrounding landscape is home to exotic and native species, planted by the Barner family. As such the plant origin both reflect our local environment and they connect us to the wider world. They reflect our own diversity and cooperation with one another We’ve taken upon ourselves to restore the landscape and infuse it with knowledge. It’s arboretum, orchard, garden area, native plants own and soon its beach provide Olympic College with tremendous educational opportunities. The lands form a unique outdoor laboratory for a wide range of disciplines including biology, art, anthropology, geography, english and engineering. It’s a place for action and contemplation; learning and personal rejuvenation.

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