This symposium presents recent research studies and design efforts that engage elderly participants in a dialogue regarding their outdoor space. The objectives of the symposium are to compare, contrast and discuss our collective endeavors and map a future focused agenda that will address pressing issues related to outdoor space use by older adults with varying levels of independence and from different ethnic groups. In our presentations and discussions, we look forward to: 1) addressing the psychological and social impact of outdoor designed spaces that are currently being designed, built and/or used at many facilities for older people, 2) examining preferences of elderly users from different ethnic groups for nature-related activities and settings in which they can occur, and 3) reflecting on when designed gardens, in particular, are deemed a success versus when they are not.