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Look back at a successful conference

From April 22 to 24, 2024, we welcomed 170 participants from 22 different countries in Hasselt (Belgium) to learn from each other about greening school grounds and nature-based learning.

Check out the aftermovie!

Missed the keynotes or want to rewatch them?

Adam Bienenstock (Ontario, Canada): Optimal environments for our children: what's new is old, the way nature solves most challenges and the obvious irony of a keynote from a North American perspective

Arjen Wals (Wageningen, the Netherlands): A whole child in a whole school: a relational approach to creating vibrant green ecologies of learning

Mary Jackson (Winchester, UK): Sharing the Learning through Landscapes approach to school grounds

Cedric Ryckaert (Kortrijk, Belgium): Klimaatspeelplaats: how to build a school ground from scratch into a stimulating play, learning and living environment

 

Green school grounds? Naturally! Inspiration from Limburg

1 in 5 Limburg schools today has a green  school ground. Thanks to guidance and subsidies from the Provinciaal Natuurcentrum, 55 schools have currently completed their greening project. Together they planted 8 300 trees and shrubs and wiped 12 200 m2 of playground tiles. More than 13 600 students now enjoy a large outdoor green space for discovery, learning and high-risk play. And 1 800 teachers are getting a large outdoor classroom.

But at the Provinciaal Natuurcentrum, we go further. Green playgrounds should not be the exception, but the norm. This book compiles several successful greening initiatives from Limburg schools. It is first and foremost a big thank you to all Limburg schools that have the courage and vision to green their school grounds! And of course we hope that this book will give other schools the desire to get started themselves.

Read the book: green school grounds? naturally!