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  • 1. The Potential for Schoolyard Outdoor Education Presented by: Samuel H. Sage, Atlantic States Legal Foundation
  • 2. About Atlantic States LegalFoundation Onondaga Creek Revitalization Project Education Initiatives with the Dunbar Association Environmental Health Projects including lead education
  • 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. 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, www.schoolyards.org Missoula, Montana, schoolyard habitats Springfield, Ohio, curricular gardens Many thousands more!
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. What Schoolyard Education Looks Like
  • 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. Potential for Outside Funding More than 100 schools will receive grants from Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation www.lowes.com/community National Forum on Children and Nature Many others
  • 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. Additional resources www.cnaturenet.org www.schoolyards.org www.lowes.com/community www.cefpi.org www.king.berkeleypta.org www.sfgreenschools.org

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