LIVING SCHOOLYARD MONTH
ACTIVIT Y GUIDE 2015
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This publication was produced by Green Schoolyards America in honor of the first celebration of Living Schoolyard Month in California in May 2015. It is available free of charge on our website at: www.greenschoolyardsamerica.org Title: 2015 Living Schoolyard Month Activity Guide Publisher: Green Schoolyards America Publication date: April 2015 Editor: Sharon Danks Overall publication © 2015 Green Schoolyards America; Individual activities copyrighted by their authors/organizations. Individual photographs and diagrams copyrighted as noted in the text. Concept and layout by Sharon Danks, Green Schoolyards America. Additional contributions: Cover, header and footer design by Marion Riggs. Copy editing assistance by Debbie DiMaria.
Production assistance by Katrina Ortiz.
Introduction and chapter heading text © 2015 Sharon Gamson Danks, adapted from materials previously written by this author for the following publications: Danks, Sharon Gamson. “Living Schoolyards for California.” The New Nature Movement: Guest Columns, Children & Nature Network, August 20, 2014. ---. “The Power and Potential of Green Schoolyards.” The New Nature Movement: Guest Columns, Children & Nature Network, February 7, 2014. ---. “The Green Schoolyard Movement.” The New Nature Movement: Guest Columns, Children & Nature Network, February 6, 2014. ---. Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Oakland: New Village Press, Nov. 2010. Green Schoolyards America hopes you enjoy this publication! We also invite you to download a free copy of an international companion guide with additional school ground activities. The 2015 International School Grounds Month Activity Guide is published by our colleagues from the International School Grounds Alliance: www.internationalschoolgrounds.org Green Schoolyards America is fiscally sponsored by Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) corporation.
GREEN SCHOOLYARDS AMERICA is a national organization that expands and strengthens the green schoolyard movement and empowers Americans to become stewards of their school and neighborhood environments. We believe that school grounds are uniquely positioned to enrich the daily lives of children and their communities, occupying both the geographic and social heart of almost every city across the USA and around the world. We provide resources, training and support for pre-K-12 school districts and partner with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and utilities to effect change across the country. We invite like-minded professionals and organizations to join us in this work and collaborate to nurture and grow the international movement to green school grounds. To sign up for our mailing list, please visit our website:
Table of Contents 1
What are Living Schoolyards?
Living Schoolyards for California
Celebrate in May!
An introduction to the green schoolyard field An overview of Living Schoolyard Month
How to participate in Living Schoolyard Month
Make a Create-With-Nature Zone
Creative Painting with “Garden Paintbrushes”
Painting the Seasons
Bird House Building
Art class or recess activity — Zach Pine Nature Sculpture and University of California Blake Garden, Kensington, CA Art class or recess activity — Explore Ecology, Santa Barbara, CA Art class activity — Green Schoolyards America, Berkeley, CA Art class or recess activity — La Scuola Italian International School, San Francisco, CA Art class activity — Wald