Outdoor Classroom User’s Guide / 'Nature Is a Powerful Teacher'


Boston Schoolyard Initiative

The BOSTON SCHOOLYARD INITIATIVE (BSI) was established in 1995 as a public-private partnership to transform the city’s schoolyards into dynamic centers for recreation, learning and community life. Eighteen years later, through a combined investment of $20 million, BSI has renovated 88 schoolyards and installed over 30 outdoor classrooms at schools across the district.

This guide is designed to help you understand how to best use and steward your outdoor classroom.

In the Nature Is a Powerful Teacher: The Educational Value of Going Outside Atlantic Monthly article, writer Julia Ryan shares the impact of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative.

See also the Boston Schoolyard Initiative website for videos, photo gallery, and more.

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