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Our Mission

Our mission is to advocate for and to support outdoor teaching and learning for all students in the Boston Public Schools, as well as to support the maintenance of these vital public spaces throughout our City.


Our Vision

teaching & learning

Our vision is for all of our students to have the opportunity for regular outdoor learning experiences, as an integral part of the curriculum.

maintenance & stability

Through funding opportunities and the support of the City of Boston and beyond, we hope to maintain all areas of outdoor learning and keep the spirit of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) alive for years to come!

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"Going outdoors builds enthusiasm and helps connect the science curriculum to the real world."

Erin Flynn, BPS Science Teacher


Boston Schoolyard Initiative

From 1996 to 2014, the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative worked through the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) to reclaim over 135 acres of barren schoolyards in every neighborhood of Boston (see for more details). In the past four years, additional schoolyards have been refurbished under the leadership of Mayor Walsh and and Interim Superintendent Parille.

These beautiful vibrant schoolyards are centers for physical activity, teaching and learning, social emotional development, environmental stewardship, school gardening, and more.


revitalized elementary k-5 and k-8 schoolyards.

These schoolyards were transformed into centers for play, learning, and community.



unique outdoor classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms are specially designed to support teaching and learning and provide a dose of nature within arms reach of the school building itself. Outdoor classrooms include a variety of woodland, urban meadow, planting beds, and more!


teachers trained

Many teachers participated in professional development related to the resources available in the outdoor classroom, curriculum applications, and the benefits of outdoor learning.