The potential for greening school grounds as part


Published on

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

The potential for greening school grounds as part

  1. 1. The Potential for Schoolyard Outdoor Education Presented by: Samuel H. Sage, Atlantic States Legal Foundation
  2. 2. About Atlantic States LegalFoundation Onondaga Creek Revitalization Project Education Initiatives with the Dunbar Association Environmental Health Projects including lead education
  3. 3. Onondaga Creek RevitalizationProgram ASLF, OEI, SUNY-ESF, community members and other organizations are developing a creek revitalization plan The results of this plan can incorporate outdoor education initiatives Fowler High and Clary Middle are perfectly located to utilize neighboring creeks
  4. 4. What other School Districts are doing Forest Kindergartens in Europe, since the 1950s Berkeley school system, Edible Schoolyards Project Finger Lakes National Forest and Hillside Children’s Center Boston Schoolyard Initiative, Missoula, Montana, schoolyard habitats Springfield, Ohio, curricular gardens Many thousands more!
  5. 5. Why do this here? Syracuse City schools are becoming ‘greener’ A connection with nature is essential to a child’s mental and physical well being Addresses growing concern about our children’s ‘nature deficit disorder’ Engage students more with the community and the natural world Hands-on learning experiences
  6. 6. Syracuse is the 17th Greenest City inthe U.S. – National Geographic’s Green Guide Great Green things are happening here Immense potential for increased learning Schools, community and environment can be linked through education
  7. 7. Building the Outdoor Classroom Involve students in planning and design of a schoolyard habitat Grow native plant gardens Take advantage of existing natural areas (i.e. Harbor Brook and Onondaga Creek) Build butterfly gardens
  8. 8. Cross- curricular learning Involve all studies Map soil, survey existing plants and animals Design and build gardens, pathways, etc. Create outside curriculum for each grade level
  9. 9. What Schoolyard Education Looks Like
  10. 10. How Children will Benefit Reconnect children with the natural world Correct the “nature deficit disorder” as described by Richard Louv Take advantage of great educational opportunities presented by school grounds Extend and expand ‘green’ efforts already being done in Syracuse schools
  11. 11. Potential for Outside Funding More than 100 schools will receive grants from Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation National Forum on Children and Nature Many others
  12. 12. How ASLF can help Create outdoor education programs Provide program assistance Work with school officials to secure outside funding Help build collaboration with other local organizations Integrate the schoolyard classroom program with greening the schools and the safe route to school initiative
  13. 13. Additional resources