Green Schoolyards America

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. Our programs support the living school ground movement, build relationships that help it succeed, and work to embed this perspective in our existing institutions and policy and regulatory frameworks.  

What We Do


We conduct research that connects children's well-being and academic achievement to the ecological health of their school ground and neighborhood environments.                             


We advocate for policies that enable school grounds to become dynamic, multi-use, nature-filled public spaces that improve the well-being of children and the environment at the same time. 


We partner with school districts, public agencies and other colleagues to develop city- and state-wide living school ground initiatives. We also offer public presentations, professional development, and publications.

Green Schoolyard Transformations

The examples of green schoolyard transformations in this collection illustrate how each school has improved their grounds to better support outdoor learning, diversify play opportunities, and enrich local ecosystems.