What is a Green School Yard?

Check out this great list from a report by Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands:

Physical elements found in green schoolyards may include:
  • Safe play equipment for all ages
  • Benches and natural elements for seating or gathering
  • Jogging tracks and playing fields
  • Native gardens
  • Green stormwater infrastructure
  • Trees
  • Movable, natural play and seating elements such as logs
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Vegetable gardens
Other key aspects of green schoolyards ideally include:
  • Remaining open to the community after school and on weekends
  • Addressing environmental issues
  • Providing hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities for all subjects, including
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education
  • Providing places for children to experience nature
  • Supporting physical education and sports programs with tracks and playing fields
  • Incorporating opportunities for engagement with art
See full report here: