EDspaces 2022 EDsession Program & Schedule


Nature is Necessary: A Case for Outdoor Learning Environments

  • Description: Children today spend up to 44 hours a week in front of a screen and less than 10 minutes a day playing outdoors. Following a year of virtual learning for most of the world’s students, these statistics are only exacerbated. The session will explore the importance of bringing the classroom outside and explore the benefits of outdoor learning environments for students, staff, and the environment. Case studies will be presented to display different types of outdoor learning environments showing that what is healthy for students is also beneficial to the environment.
  • Date:Friday, November 4
  • Time:9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Location:EDspaces Classroom E142
  • Track:Environment/Health/Sustainability
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Learning Objective 1:Discover the impact of outdoor learning environments on students, staff, the community, and the environment.
  • Learning Objective 2:Learn how to apply outdoor learning best practices to provide their youngest early childhood students with equitable access to nature.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand the benefits of developing partnerships with local and national organizations to provide support, resources, and funding for green schoolyards.
  • Learning Objective 4:Hear about low cost, easily implementable solutions to provide Outdoor Learning Environments at their campuses.
Tom Pace
San Bernardino City Unified School District
Melissa Turnbaugh
PBK Architects