Outdoor Classrooms and Living Schoolyards
Outdoor learning can benefit both students and the environment. School grounds can serve as living laboratories that encourage active learning while students connect to nature and form a sense of environmental stewardship. Living Schoolyards contain features or elements that support education, diversify play opportunities, and enhance the ecological benefits of school grounds. These elements can increase local biodiversity, benefit natural habitats, and integrate natural systems into the built environment. Become inspired by the stories of the 2022-2023 Living Schoolyard grant recipients or read more about implementing green schoolyard elements below.
Gardens and Landscaping
SMCOE's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) has helped a number of districts and schools to repurpose outdoor spaces in a cost-effective way. This shift provides fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and many co-benefits related to health, academics, and behavior. Email ELSI@smcoe.org for help.
Living schoolyard and garden programs are most successful when they are supported by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members. Use the resources below to get started or connect with community partners.
Coordinator, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Phone: (650) 802-5406