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Jane Tesner KleinerFollow

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2-3-2021 10:20 AM

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2-3-2021 11:25 AM

Abstract

Green Schoolyards are dynamic outdoor learning spaces for students that also connect ecological corridors across urban and suburban communities. With students spending approximately 180 school days on campus, as well as using the spaces after hours all year round, Green Schoolyards connect children to natural features. For the next generation of land managers, environmental scientists, early exposure to natural settings allow students to explore, wonder and question that natural processes that they can observe all year. This is especially important for students who no yards at home or means to access nature.

"Green schoolyards are nature-filled outdoor spaces that offer students, teachers, parents and community members places to play, learn, explore and grow. Designed with and for the school community, these shared outdoor spaces can also be enjoyed by kids, families and neighbors during out-of-school time." (Children & Nature Network)

Environmental professionals can guide school districts' teams to retool campuses as learning labs and field stations right out their back doors. Projects can include native habitat, diverse plant species, integrative stormwater, habitat structures and active learning gardens, environmental educational signage and more. Data kiosks, weather stations and other long-term features allows the school to track observations over time.

Dynamic landscapes also allow high school students the opportunities to learn about career focuses learning based on their interests. Students can use state of the art technology to inventory and assess the natural areas on their campus all year. Career ready learning and working with community partners on school campus projects is a win-win for the community.

Subjects

Environmental education, Environmental social sciences, Habitat restoration, Land use planning

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35471

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Mar 2nd, 10:20 AM Mar 2nd, 11:25 AM

Greening of Schoolyards - Creating hands on field stations for students

Green Schoolyards are dynamic outdoor learning spaces for students that also connect ecological corridors across urban and suburban communities. With students spending approximately 180 school days on campus, as well as using the spaces after hours all year round, Green Schoolyards connect children to natural features. For the next generation of land managers, environmental scientists, early exposure to natural settings allow students to explore, wonder and question that natural processes that they can observe all year. This is especially important for students who no yards at home or means to access nature.

"Green schoolyards are nature-filled outdoor spaces that offer students, teachers, parents and community members places to play, learn, explore and grow. Designed with and for the school community, these shared outdoor spaces can also be enjoyed by kids, families and neighbors during out-of-school time." (Children & Nature Network)

Environmental professionals can guide school districts' teams to retool campuses as learning labs and field stations right out their back doors. Projects can include native habitat, diverse plant species, integrative stormwater, habitat structures and active learning gardens, environmental educational signage and more. Data kiosks, weather stations and other long-term features allows the school to track observations over time.

Dynamic landscapes also allow high school students the opportunities to learn about career focuses learning based on their interests. Students can use state of the art technology to inventory and assess the natural areas on their campus all year. Career ready learning and working with community partners on school campus projects is a win-win for the community.