The Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) has been a trend-setter in greening urban schoolyards, creating spaces for increased physical activity, engaging children in nature and using the schoolyard to improve academic achievement. In this section you will find BSI news and press releases as well as links to recent articles on recess, outdoor learning, school gardening and more. 

Press Releases

In The News

Study: Boston teachers effectively engaging students in outdoor science learning
(December 16, 2013)

Mayor Menino, funders, school officials mark milestones and transitions for the Boston Schoolyard Initiative
(October 16, 2013)

Boston Schoolyards Featured in City Hall Exhibit
(March 28, 2013)

Outdoor Writers Workshop Shows Benefits for Boston Literacy Instruction
(September 25, 2012)

Perry Schoolyard Wins BSLA Merit Award for Design
(April 25, 2012)

BSI, Others Join to Create International School Grounds Alliance
(April 24, 2012)

Help with Planting at Bradley School Outdoor Classroom
(October 27, 2011)

Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson Dedicate 6 New Schoolyard Projects
(May 10, 2011)

Boston Schoolyard Initiative Seeks Outreach and Stewardship Manager
(May 9, 2011)

Denver-based Schoolyard Group Visits Boston Schoolyard Initiative
(April 20, 2011)

The Act FRESH Campaign Kick-off to Impact All Massachusetts Communities
(February 7, 2011)

BSI and Boston Public School Teachers Featured on Science Curriculum Website
(January 18, 2011)

Bradley Elementary School Opens New Schoolyard
(May 1, 2010)

BSI Recognized for Excellence in Environmental Education
(April 30, 2010)

Haley Pilot School Recognized for Bringing Outdoors into School and Community Life - Wins first Kirk Meyer Schoolyard Award
(October 27, 2009)

Boston Schoolyard Initiative Recognized for Excellence in Getting Kids Active and Playful
(October 1, 2009)

Landscape Architectural Magazine highlights Boston Schoolyard Initiative
(May 13, 2015)

BSI Science in the Schoolyard Highlighted in FOSS Newsletter
(October 13, 2014)

After Fidelity, Peter Lynch Turns to Schools
(November 15, 2013)

'Nature Is a Powerful Teacher': The Educational Value of Going Outside
(November 1, 2013)

Before and After: Boston's Public Schoolyards
(October 22, 2013)

Higginson-Lewis School Celebrates New Schoolyard
(October 16, 2013)

Join us for Learn, Play, Grow: A Celebration of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative
(October 2, 2013)

Boston Schoolyard Initiative Video Now On-line
(May 14, 2013)

Boston Schoolyard Initiative Receives Health and Wellness Lifetime Achievement Award
(May 1, 2013)

BSI Inspires National Curriculum to Take Science Outdoors
(March 5, 2013)

Pediatricians Say Recess is Good for Kids
(March 5, 2013)

Check out our new blog!
(January 17, 2013)

New Science in the Schoolyard Trainings- Register Now!
(January 4, 2013)

Teacher Trainings Begin Soon- Register Now!
(March 7, 2012)

Outdoor Writers Workshop Comes to the Condon School
(March 6, 2012)

Imagination at Play at Oliver Hazard Perry School
(January 23, 2012)

Funding Parks Could Save Lives
(January 5, 2012)

Let the Kids Play They'll Do Better in School
(January 4, 2012)

Race Track Stakes $40G for Playground
(October 24, 2011)

How to Build a Better Playground
(June 7, 2011)

Superintendent Johnson Talks about Boston Schoolyard Initiative
(May 11, 2011)

Classroom and Playground, All Rolled Into One
(April 20, 2011)

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum
(January 5, 2011)

"Re-thinking Schoolyards and Classrooms," Great Kids, Great Outdoors
(December 3, 2010)

Gallup Poll Links Recess to Academic Achievement
(February 4, 2010)

"Mayors on Playgrounds" in Governing Magazine
(October 22, 2009)

Everett Opens Outdoor Classroom
(September 30, 2009)

"Better Spaces," Letter to Editor, Boston Globe
(July 18, 2009)

"Not Just Child's Play", Bostonia
(March 21, 2009)

"Schools Adapting Curriculum to the Outdoors", Education Week
(December 11, 2008)

"Boston's Newest Classrooms: Schoolyards," Christian Science Monitor
(August 20, 2008)

"Something Exciting is Happening in Boston: Science in the Schoolyard," Full Option Science System Newsletter
(August 1, 2008)