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ICG Supports School-Based Outdoor Learning

Schoolyards for outdoor learning.

Ithaca Children’s Garden supports School-Based Outdoor Learning through assessment, recommendations, professional development, and implementation support.

If you are interested in learning more about how ICG can support your school or district in increasing the use of the outdoors for learning, please contact ICG’s Executive Director, Candice Meade via email or give our office a call 607-319-4203.



Former Ithaca Children’s Garden Director Erin Marteal and Landscape Designer Liz Fabis, MLA surveyed all eight Ithaca City School District elementary campuses for outdoor learning space possibilities and barriers through site visits and walkabouts with principals and teachers. They then produced renderings and recommendations, specific to each school’s unique outdoor assets.

The site-specific models for outdoor learning for the eight Ithaca elementary schools were informed by Green Schoolyards America recommendations for using schoolyards as Covid mitigation, Learning through Landscapes (a UK-based non-profit agency), Cornell Garden-Based Learning, and Cornell’s Healthy Kids Healthy Planet project, that has documented barriers to outdoor learning and defined and shared strategies to support outdoor learning, play, and engagement.


Outdoor learning during the pandemic should be Plan A. Remote learning and indoor learning should be Plan B.

Green Schoolyards America


ICG + Outdoor Learning in the News

10/27/2020 Youth Today: Ithaca Children’s Garden, Schools, Toolkit Show How To Get Kids Outdoors For ‘Happiness And Joy’

10/14/2020 Tompkins Weekly: Ithaca schools navigate first week of in-person classes

10/07/2020 Ithaca Voice: Children’s Garden, Cornell combine for outdoor learning in ICSD schools

 Support for this project provided by The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust (2020)