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The INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL GROUNDS ALLIANCE (ISGA) is a global network of organizations and professionals working to enrich children’s learning and play by improving the way school grounds are designed and used. The 2017 International School Grounds Month Activity Guide is published by the ISGA in honor of our annual celebration of International School Grounds Month in May. Each year we update the Activity Guide’s content and add new ideas. The Activity Guide is available free of charge on our website:


Title: 2017 International School Grounds Month Activity Guide Publisher: International School Grounds Alliance Editor: Green Schoolyards America

Original publication date: April 2013 Revised editions: April 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 First printing: September 2016

The ISGA greatly appreciates the collaboration of 51 author-organizations from 21 countries and extends our sincere and heartfelt thanks! Please see page 108 for a directory of contributing organizations and a map of their locations around the world.

Overall publication © 2013-2017 International School Grounds Alliance. Individual activities are copyrighted by their authors/organizations. Photographs and diagrams are copyrighted as noted in the text. Excerpts and images from this publication may not be repurposed and used in other contexts, except by their original authors/photographers and by the International School Grounds Alliance. Any other reuse of this content requires written permission from the ISGA and the individual authors/photographers. Publication framing, editing, design, and layout by Green Schoolyards America. Introductory article and chapter heading text © 2010-2017 Sharon Gamson Danks, adapted from materials previously published by this author. Citations are included in the Activity Guide’s text using the reference numbers below: 1. Danks, Sharon Gamson. Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Oakland, California, USA: New Village Press, November 2010. 2. ---. “The Green Schoolyard Movement.” The New Nature Movement: Guest Columns, Children & Nature Network, February 6, 2014. 3. ---, editor. 2016 Living Schoolyard Activity Guide - California Edition. Berkeley, California, USA: Green Schoolyards America, April 2016. ISGA’s International School Grounds Month - Working Group Members: Green Schoolyards America, USA (2013-2017) Learnscapes AustralAsia, Australia (2013-2014, 2017) OSSE, DC School Garden Program, USA (2015-2017) Play Learning Life, England, UK (2013-2017)

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International School Grounds Month – Activity Guide www.internationalschoolgrounds.org

Children in Nature Collaborative, USA (2013-2014) Education Outside, USA (2013-2014) Environment Design Institute, Japan (2013-2014)




What is International School Grounds Month? I n May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them.

If you agree with us, we hope you will take some time during the month of May—and throughout the year—to celebrate your grounds by going outside with your students to engage in learning, play and other activities. There is no right or wrong way to take part. You could take academic lessons into your grounds, promote play outside, camp out in your schoolyard or invite parents to the school to watch a play outdoors—whatever works best for your school. © SHARON DANKS

Time spent outdoors could be an hour, a day, or even a week! There are many ways to engage in your grounds.

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