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Green Schoolyards: Nature that Builds Community, Wellness, and Learning - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Expiration Date: Dec 31, 2026

Credits: None available.

Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $0.00
Standard: $50.00


Green schoolyards provide daily access to nature and are critical to supporting the wellness of kids and communities while providing important green space, particularly for under-invested communities. Using Chicago’s Space to Grow model, this session will highlight innovative partnerships and the benefits green schoolyards provide to schools, students, and communities.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Connect documented research about green schoolyards to health and educational outcomes.
  • Understand the features of community-designed green schoolyards and how they support wellness, community building, and positive academic outcomes.
  • Learn how stormwater management can be incorporated to restore dilapidated schoolyards, reduce neighborhood flooding, and improve water quality.
  • Learn how to partner with municipalities and stormwater agencies to leverage schoolyard improvement funds that benefit the whole community.


  • Hana Ishikawa, Affil. ASLA, AIA, Design Principal, Site Design Group, ltd.
  • Meg Kelly, Space to Grow Director, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Josina Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Brad McCauley, ASLA, Managing Principal, Site Design Group, Ltd.


  • 1.25 - PDH

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