Meet Our Thought Leaders: Ed Melvin, Outdoor Education


Landscape Architect and Outdoor Learning Thought Leader Ed Melvin has shared his appreciation of the great outdoors with SHP for five of his 30 years in the industry. During that time he’s helped schools unlock the potential of outdoor spaces, not just as a space for play (though that’s important!), but as a place of limitless learning.Ed Melvin | SHP Outdoor Learning Thought Leader

What is your favorite thing about your role at SHP?
I like that my unique role allows me to work on a variety of project teams, because with each project comes a new challenge and environment to play in. I also love that part of my work involves encouraging and inspiring others to learn in and enjoy nature just as much as I do. I get to not only pursue but spread my passion.

What originally attracted you to the industry?
As a young person, my favorite place to be was a forest and my favorite thing to do was draw, so I sought after a career that would encompass both of those things.

What was your dream job when you were little?
I wanted to be a veterinarian and an artist when I grew up. I also wanted to be wise, although that’s not really a job. I suppose I’m living two thirds of my dream, as I get to create (as an artist does) spaces that promote learning (or becoming wise).

When you’re not working, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I enjoy escaping the busyness of life and spending time alone, whether cooking, drawing or practicing photography.

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