Outdoor Learning Environments

Title Abstract Publication Date
Down and Dirty. Describes how schools have used schoolyard gardens to teach math, biology, and local history. 02/28/2006
Ecological Schoolyards. Presents design guidelines and organizational and site principles for creating schoolyards where students can learn about ecology. Principles for building schoolyard ecological systems are described. 10/31/2000
EcoSchool Design EcoSchool Design seeks to assist schools, and those who care about them, in transforming paved schoolyards into vibrant ecosystems for outdoor learning. The website includes schoolyard design ideas...
Edible Schoolyard The Edible Schoolyard is a non-profit program located on the campus of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley, California. The website includes information on how the garden, kitchen,...
Educational Facilities for Young Children. Examines Maori cultural influences on indoor/outdoor spaces a learning in a New Zealand school, along with a multi-faith, multi-needs campus in Scotland that emphasizes shared facilities. 10/31/2006
Educational Landscapes: Developing School Grounds as Learning Places In response to today's concern for the environment and growing curricular demands to teach about the natural world, educators are discovering the power of a school's surrounding outdoors... 12/31/1998
EE-Link EE-Link is a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and serves as an information clearinghouse for environmental education on the Internet. School facilities...
Empowering Learning Through Natural, Human, and Building Ecologies. This article asserts that it is critical to understand the connections between human ecology and building ecology to create humane environments that show inspiration and creativity and that also... 12/31/2002
Environment-based Education: Creating High Performance Schools and Students The report consists of a collection of case studies of schools in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Florida that are using the environment to motivate students to learn and... 08/31/2000
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Environmental Education This U.S. agency Web site has information on regional environmental education programs, a federal grant program, a calendar, educator training and other related resources.
Environments for Special Needs. Beginning Workshop. Presents five articles examining creation of environments that address children's special needs: (1) Getting to the Heart of the Matter (on changing from a deficit model to a competence model... 02/28/1997
Evergreen Foundation: School Ground Greening Program A national program which, since 1993, has been helping Canadian schools to transform parts of their traditional asphalt and turf grass grounds into inspiring places of learning and play. Web site...
Exploring Outdoor Education and Research in Architecture. Examines a few exemplary cases from an ongoing series of trials, started in 1999 by the Department of Architecture at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, to assess the effective integration... 02/28/2009
Exploring School Nature Areas. [Video] This 13-minute video was produced in cooperation with St. Olaf College's School Nature Area Project. It is designed to inspire students and educators to take positive action for the environment... 12/31/1993
Extending and Augmenting Scientific Enquiry through Pervasive Learning Environments. Presents findings from the Ambient Wood project where a woodland was transformed into a pervasive learning environment, enabling students to integrate and practice their scientific enquiry skills... 12/31/2003
Farm to Fork. [School Lunches Go Back to the Land.] Profiles the work of Anthony Geraci in the the Baltimore School District. He first converted the menu to present more locally sourced and fresh food. He then created the student-operated Great Kids... 11/30/2009
Final Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas: Economic Assessment. Discusses and quantifies costs and benefits of the final accessibility guidelines for play areas issued by the Access Board. The guidelines are intended to provide minimum accessibility requirements... 09/30/2000
Four Strong Schools: Developing a Sense of Place through School Architecture. The premise is that students should be schooled in built and natural environments that afford them ways of understanding how their daily physical actions and social choices affect the earth. Views of... 05/31/2007
Garden ABC's: The School Garden Share-Site GardenABCs.com is a share-site for educators, parents, and community leaders who want to start and maintain school garden projects. It features a new garden project each month, and regularly post...
German Forest Kindergartens: Healthy Childcare under the Leafy Canopy A forest kindergarten is a special form of daycare, with walks, free play and environmental education in the forest on the daily schedule. Attending a forest kindergarten can contribute to children... 03/31/2012
Getting Physical. Discusses how high schools are responding to the decline in student physical fitness with new facilities that attract students to fitness. Use of alternative sports, e.g., hiking, climbing, and in-... 11/30/1998
Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms This is a step-by-step guide for creating a healthy, productive garden that serves as an educational environment for students. It discusses planning the garden, breaking ground, maintaining the... 12/31/2008
Going Green for Sustainability's Sake. Narrates the experience of the Whitmore Lake, Michigan, community in building a LEED-certified high school that included preservation and moving of an historic farmhouse on the site and construction... 12/31/2006
Green Laboratory Schools. Presents schools as the perfect microcosms of the world of the 1990s: most work is done indoors, many resources are consumed, and schools sit surrounded by large chunks of land mostly devoted to... 03/31/1998
Green School Grounds: A Collaborative Development and Research Project in Malmö, Sweden School ground greening projects may result in a multitude of benefits for pupils, schools and entire communities. This field report describes a project called “Green school grounds” in Malmö, Sweden... 03/31/2012