Sustainable Schoolyards create a smart, healthier and more livable community. This exhibit illustrates some of the outdoor classroom concepts, ecological teaching tools, and creative play ideas that can be added to almost any schoolyard in America. The features included in this design are already present in schools across the country and all are easily replicable. Learn how Sustainable Schoolyards contribute to active living, sustainable communities, and smart growth.
Sustainable Schoolyards create and maintain healthy and dynamic learning environments that demonstrate interconnectedness and a sense of place. Children, teachers, parents and the community design, grow, and maintain these community assets. Schools are a center of learning and growing — not only for children’s development, but for the entire community.
All elements of this display are replicable and further resources are available to implement these ideas at home, at work, and in your schools and communities. The exhibit was open and free to the public from May 24–October 13, 2008 at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW at the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Click here to view the exhibit layout map and for address information.
See what a sustainable schoolyard looks like in the eyes of children, who drew pictures like the one shown at right during Family Days 2008 at the U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit.
The information panels below describe how the affects of a sustainable schoolyard, as a learning environment, can ripple through a community. Click on the photos to display a larger image, or click here to download the complete series as a PDF document.