A biophilic design, using natural materials and organic forms, transforms Silver Creek High School’s quads to create a nature retreat for student life throughout the day and evening. A canopy of elm trees provide shade and dappled light over basalt stone seating, an outdoor classroom, and Sonoma field stone boulders. Decomposed granite, patterned concrete finishes, and flagstone pavers provide nuance to the hardscape. Input from the student body regarding placement of innovative furnishings brings a sense of student ownership to the quads. Rain gardens and recycled water serve as climate-sensitive techniques for maintaining a plant palette featuring succulents, and that double as educational opportunities for the high school’s curriculum.