What is International School Grounds Month?
In May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If you agree with us, we hope you will take some time during this month—an hour, a day, even a week—to go outside into your grounds with your students to engage in learning, play and other activities.
How can your school participate?
There is no right or wrong way to take part. You could take academic lessons into your grounds, promote play outside, camp out in your schoolyard or invite parents to the school to watch a play outdoors—whatever works best for your school.
Download our free Activity Guide
Our 2016 International School Grounds Month Activity Guide includes 50 ideas we gathered for you from our colleagues at 37 organizations in 17 countries around the world. We hope the ideas will inspire and help in dreaming up outdoor activities for your own school.
After you have participated in International School Grounds Month in May, please share your adventures with us by registering your school and telling us your story, using the form to the right. We are very interested in hearing from you! Following the event, we will share many of the activity reports we receive by posting them on our blog and social networks.
We also invite you to download a free copy of the two companion Activity Guides produced as part of this set, by our partners at Green Schoolyards America. These Activity Guides all share the same format and include additional school ground activities from other geographic regions.
Green Schoolyards America's 2016 Living Schoolyard Activity Guide - California Edition includes 59 ideas for school ground activities in May, written by 54 organizations from California. The Midwest Edition includes an additional 38 year-round school ground activities, written by 32 organizations from the central USA, with the four seasons in mind. Together, the three publications include a total of 147 activities written by 123 organizations. We invite you to use the Combined Table of Contents to find activities on your favorite topics across all three publications.
We hope the wide variety of geographic and cultural contexts in this collection of Activity Guides will support your work anywhere in the world—during International School Grounds Month in May, and throughout the year.
Register your school
We are looking forward to hearing about your work and hope you enjoy the celebration!