GREEN SCHOOLYARDS FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Transforming school grounds into nature-filled environments where children and families can play and learn outdoors is a critical component of improving community health. With just a small fraction of public schoolyards in the U.S. providing any kind of natural area, creating access to green space on schoolyards—the only public lands specifically allocated for use by children—will have lasting impact on children’s health and well-being, particularly the most vulnerable children.
C&NN defines green schoolyards as multi-functional school grounds that include places for students, teachers, parents and community members to play, learn, explore and grow. They can include outdoor classrooms, native gardens, stormwater capture, traditional play equipment, nature play, vegetable gardens, trails, trees, nature play, vegetable gardens, trails, trees and more. During out of school time, these schoolyards are ideally open to the community to use.
We sat down with Jaime Zaplatosch to talk about green schoolyards and how C&NN is helping to grow them in communities across the U.S. READ MORE>
Green Schoolyards for Health Communities Program Details
To increase the prevalence of green schoolyards across the U.S., the Children & Nature Network will:
- Activate an Action Agenda at a Green Schoolyards Network gathering in 2018.
- Create an online Resource Hub for administrators, informal and formal educators, parents, community members and program providers.
- Support strong city/school partnerships to implement green schoolyards.
Contact: Jaime Zaplatosch, Director, Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities
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