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Green school yards: Reconnecting children with nature
Detail: There is a growing movement in American education that seeks to reconnect children with nature. California has vowed to put a garden in each of its 8,000 schools, and has about 1,650 so far. Maryland encourages every new school or renovation project to include natural habitats that are accessible and are incorporated into the curriculum. Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont have similar plans, and North Carolina is financing Moore's "Natural Learning Initiative" (www.naturalearning.com), based at North Carolina State, which at the moment is focused on helping child-care centers build creative outdoor learning environments. A "green" schoolyard not only allows for safe, free play, but can be used as a giant, diverse classroom, where hands-on activities integrate math, science and the language arts.

Source: New York Times (Oct. 7, 1999); full article available on http://www.naturalearning.org/nytimes.html
Date: October 7 1999