Green Space is Good for Kids
And these studies prove it.
Playgrounds, fresh air, trees, grass, and natural space have all been linked to better brain development in children. At Woodlawn, our green campus refers to much more than the green hair, bowties, and other Woodlawn spirit gear you'll see our students wearing. We're talking about the living green stuff that brings our students closer to their natural world: a small wetlands area for the study of wetland hydrology and preservation issues, cross country running trails that weave around the boundaries of our campus, and a set of garden plots that date back to the late 1800s.
Recycling and composting are encouraged throughout the campus, reminding students how to strengthen their environmentally friendly habits. Thanks to parent volunteers, we now have a new compost bin in the gardens.
Sustainability is woven throughout the curriculum. The K-12 art program, for instance, emphasizes reclaimed and recycled materials. Students make meaningful connections with artists and artwork that address environmental issues. Sixth graders study the Woodlawn School wildlife garden and woods to gain an appreciation of the complexity of ecosystems and recognize our responsibility to protect animal habitat and animal species. The seventh grade overnight trip includes an ecological stream study, catching macro-invertebrates, and conducting water quality testing.
Venturing out to the wetlands on campus to check our coverboard project while playing with the salamanders as they slip through our fingers.