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Public School Partnerships

Promoting Equity

BOPN Forest Days brings the benefits of outdoor education to city schools.

Commitment to Equity

Benefits of Forest Days

The benefits of play in nature are undeniable: children’s immune systems improve, social-emotional skills are honed, self-confidence and self-esteem develop, and creative and critical thinking skills sharpen. There are academic benefits as well, including better hand-eye coordination and core strength, which are essential for children to later sit at desks and write.  BOPN Forest Days incorporates place-based literacy as children explore maps, signs, and field guides, and math skills are developed naturally as we count and sort pinecones, measure sticks, and find shapes in nature.  Forest Days ensure that children in urban areas have these invaluable experiences in natural environments within their own neighborhoods.  For a window into BOPN Forest Days at Charles Sumner Elementary School, see this presentation, by BOPN Public School Partnerships Coordinator Vanessa Niro.

 

Weather

Children build resilience and self-regulation by playing and learning outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions.  All children and teachers are provided with rain gear, boots, wool socks, mittens, and insulated layers to stay safe and healthy outdoors.  On rainy and chilly days, children step into their Oakiwear rain suits and Bogs boots upon arrival at school, participate in Forest Days, then step out of their outerwear mostly clean and dry, and ready for their afternoon back at school.

Next Steps

Are you an educator, administrator, or parent interested in bringing Forest Days to your school?  Are you interested in supporting BOPN’s initiative to open the first nature-based program through Universal PreK in Boston?