Asphalt to Ecosystems

Asphalt to Ecosystems:
Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation

by Sharon Gamson Danks

Asphalt to Ecosystems is a compelling color guidebook for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world. The book includes 500 color photographs with outstanding examples from 150 innovative schools in 11 countries. It is written for parents, teachers, students, designers, planners, school administrators, environmentalists, and other interested community members.  288 pages.

Asphalt to Ecosystems (French) Excerpt:
Les cours d'école se mettent au vert
Table of Contents, Introduction, Chapter 1.

Translated by Xavier Hulhoven.


Green Schoolyards America's CEO, Sharon Danks, wrote the definitive book on transforming ordinary asphalt and grass schoolyards into vibrant ecosystems that promote hands-on learning, creative play and neighborhood ecology while engaging the school community. Filled with lively, colorful pictures, this book is a great way to persuade your school or district to start greening their grounds--or to add depth and breadth to their work if they've already started. Begin exploring this book by reading the free excerpts on this page.

Asphalt to Ecosystems Excerpt: 
Introduction, Getting from Here to There