Education for Planet Earth


Greening School Grounds:
Creating Habitats for Learning

Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn (editors),
Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning, Toronto: Green Teacher, 2001, ISBN 0-86571-436-3, 136 pages, 8½ " x 11", Grades K-12





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Schoolyard “greening” is an excellent way to promote hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through projects that benefit schools and increase green space and biodiversity in communities. In this popular anthology from Green Teacher magazine, readers will find step-by-step instructions for numerous schoolyard projects, from tree nurseries to school composting to native plant gardens, along with ideas for enhancing learning by addressing the diverse needs of students. Among more than a dozen schoolyard habitat options presented, the guide includes detailed articles on rooftop gardens, far-north gardens, desert gardens, butterfly gardens, ponds and prairie restorations. For project planners, there are practical tips on minimizing vandalism, maximizing participation and raising funds. And for teachers, there are dozens of outdoor classroom activities and curriculum links, a bibliography of learning resources, and up-to-date listings of funders and training organizations. Greening School Grounds is a compendium of the best schoolyard greening articles and activities from Green Teacher.

What people are saying ...

“This comprehensive resource draws on expertise from across the continent to provide all the information you’ll need to jump into a schoolyard naturalization project of your own. Grab the paper and pencils and start planning!”
- Barbara McKean, Public Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario, and author of several books on wildlife and wildflowers.

“If you are greening a school, Greening School Grounds is an essential reference. It is wide ranging, readable and realistic.”
- Mary Rivkin, Associate Professor of Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children’s Right to Play Outside.

Greening School Grounds prepares teachers to take full advantage of their schoolyards by offering advice from successful habitats for learning around North America.”
- David Wicks, Coordinator, Center for Environmental Education, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Kentucky and Year 2000 President, North American Association for Environmental Education.

“A must have for any educator’s bookshelf.”
- Cheryl Dixon, Education Coordinator of the National Wildlife Federation, Northwest Natural Resource Center, Seattle, Washington.


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