The design of outdoor play and learning environments for urban K-8 schools has evolved into an organized program with methodologies and design guidelines that transform the physical environment to provide inclusive opportunities for teaching and self-discovery. Hear about the history and goals of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative, a case study of the Perry Schoolyard designed by Warner Larson and testimonials from teachers and administrators about how these new outdoor spaces have benefitted their programs.

Learning Outcomes

Objective 1: Learn how the issues of serving urban youth in the school yard setting can be achieved through cooperative groups such as the Boston Schoolyard Initiative.

Objective 2: Understand the unique and diverse learning opportunities of Outdoor Classrooms.

Objective 3: Learn the design elements that are necessary to transform an expanse of asphalt into an exciting schoolyard and outdoor classroom through the case study of the Perry School site.

Objective 4: Learn the benefits of outdoor play and learning environments to urban students from the perspective of the Perry School administration.

Instructors: David Warner, Myrna Johnson, Kristin Metz, Amy Marx

Provider: Boston Society of Landscape Architects

Designing Outdoor Learning & Play Environments