As administrators struggle with wrenching decisions regarding whether and how to return teachers and students to school, the opportunity to transform K-12 education by incorporating the outdoors as part of the classroom and educational experience is emerging as an opportunity to pair physical distancing with the benefits of giving students access to nature.
Following official guidance, outdoor restaurants are taking over what were formerly known as streets and parking lots and religious institutions are gathering on lawns instead of sanctuaries. Why aren’t schools following suit?
There’s a rapidly growing movement underway to support schools to do just that. Bioneers spoke with Sharon Danks, CEO and Founder of Green Schoolyards America, and Craig Strang, Associate Director for Learning and Teaching at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA about how K-12 Outdoor Education may be the only way to allow teachers and students to safely return to school.