‘Outdoor Kids’ Are Happier, ‘Indoor Kids’ Are a Myth

Kids who play outside tend to be happier, healthier, and better adjusted. Full stop.

Fatherly. Jun 12 2018. By Joshua A. Krisch: Studies suggest that our brains respond to nature by muting our stress responses, Mitchell says, decreasing the concentration of stress hormones circulating in our bodies and lowering our blood pressure. And that’s just from fleeting exposure to natural environments. Studies have shown that children who spend significant time outdoors are better able to pay attention in class and score higher on standardized tests. One 2005 study found that at-risk youth in California experienced a 27 percent increase in classroom behavior and mastery of science concepts after just one week of outdoor education. Read More

Garden Spaces for Learning

The Learning Counsel. January 20, 1018. By Kenna McHugh: Within the last ten years, more and more schools across the country are maintaining gardens as part of their curriculum. The gardens have flourished as a favorite activity in small and large to public and private schools. The Learning Counsel even conducted a Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey of 477 Schools and Districts that showed school gardens is a trend. Read Story

Daily News October 25, 2016

By David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG| Oct 25, 2016 |  Senator Carol Liu addresses school officials and students on hand for the dedication of a 1500 foot all-native garden at Pinewood Avenue Elementary School in Tujunga. The project, dedicated to the legacy of Senator Liu, is a joint effort between Pinewood Elementary, LAUSD, Beyond the Bell/ LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, FormLA Landscaping, and the Senator’s GREEN21 sustainability program.  View Full Story

Pinewood Elementary Garden and Orchard Dedicated

By  | Oct 25, 2016 | Board of EducationCommunity PartnersSpecial EventsSustainability  Board Member Mónica Ratliff joined dozens of students, parents, faculty, and community partners on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a garden and orchard at Pinewood Avenue Elementary School in honor of California State Senator Carol Liu who will be retiring after 14 years representing the 25th District.  See Full Story