Demonstrating the benefits of enriching school grounds for learning, play and ecology

Transforming School Grounds

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative: A Public-Private Partnership for Rebuilding Urban Play Spaces, by Russ Lopez, Richard Campbell and James Jennings (2008)

Transforming Inner-City School Grounds: Lesson from Learning Landscapes, by Lois Brink and Bambi Yost (2004)


Benefits of Outdoor Learning

Back to School: Back Outside! by Kevin J. Coyle (2010)

Boston Schoolyard Initiative and School Performance: An Assessment, by Russ Lopez & Tamara Daly (2009)

Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning, by Gerald A. Lieberman, Ph.D. and Linda L Hoody M.A. (1998)

Evergreen’s Research and Policy Page
Titles Include:

  • Grounds For Action: Promoting Physical Activity through School Ground Greening in Canada, by Anne C. Bell & Janet E. Dyment (2006)
  • Gaining Ground: The Power and Potential of School Ground Greening in the Toronto District School Board, by Janet Dyment, Ph.D. (2005)
  • Shade for Kids: A Policy Primer for School Boards (2006)
  • School Ground Greening: A policy and planning guidebook (2002)

Schoolyard Learning: The Impact of School Grounds, by Education Development Center and Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative (2000)

Do school grounds have a value as an educational resource in the secondary sector? by Barbara Chillman


Benefits of Play

Play at School,by PLAYLINK (1999)

Play, naturally: A review of children's natural play, by Stuart Lester and Martin Maudsley (2007)

Children’s right to play, by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell (2010)

Supporting school improvement through play, by Stuart Lester, Dr Owain Jones and Wendy Russell (2011)





















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