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Sep 14
LEAF Unveils School Grounds Program

What Is the LEAF School Grounds Program?
and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) continue to expand their support of outdoor education with the LEAF School Grounds Program. Viewing school grounds as part of the larger urban forest, the program serves as a resource for Wisconsin schools seeking ways to use their school grounds as outdoor teaching sites. The program was designed to help teachers discover teaching and learning opportunities that exist right outside the school doors. Whether a school site is in need of just being used, or needs an overhaul, the program has resources and tips on how to “Open the door and step outside.”

What Do Outdoor Teaching Sites Look Like?

Just about any space can be used to get students learning outside. Several trees, one tree, an open grassy area, a flower bed, a vegetable garden, even a parking lot can all be used to teach.


Educational Benefits of Outdoor Education:

Research has proven that outdoor learning provides many benefits, from improved academic performance and classroom behavior to strengthened community and family relationships.

Services include:

·         In-Services & Workshops: LEAF’s expert staff will come to your school to help you assess your site and determine how best to use the site to teach and learn. To Request an in-service complete this form.

·         Website: There educators can find information on how to get students outdoors to learn, even if it is just outside their door. Provides three entry points depending on comfort level:

o   Step Outside helps those just getting started,

o   Enhance Your Site assists those who are looking for ways to improve their existing site, and;

o   Develop Your Site will help you build your dream outdoor teaching site.

To request an in-service or workshop please complete this FORMSchool Grounds workshop interest.pdf

For other inquiries, please contact Sarah Gilbert at


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