Abigail Long, an undergraduate at Temple University, is the undergraduate 2021 National Olmsted Scholar and recipient of the $15,000 prize. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Abigail used volunteering opportunities to create healthy and thriving outdoor spaces in which children could learn and play. To carry those values forward, she would like to develop accessible outdoor classroom design models for use by policymakers, school districts, and educators. With resources to guide garden establishment from development to maintenance, along with specific planting palettes for various typologies, she seeks to cultivate environments that will nurture the next group of leaders who will eventually take care of our communities and earth.

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