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Announcing a new book to enrich children's outdoor environments at school!
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New Village Press has just published a new book by Sharon Danks entitled, "Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation". (…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Danks Sep 10, 2010.


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Author & Environmental Planner/Green Schoolyard Designer
"Asphalt to Ecosystems" (book) & Bay Tree Design, inc.
Sharon Danks is an environmental planner and founding partner of Bay Tree Design, inc. in Berkeley, California. As a researcher, writer, and hands-on designer and planner, she has visited and documented over 200 green schoolyard and park projects in North America, Europe, and Japan, and has helped dozens of schools to transform their grounds into vibrant ecosystems for learning and play.
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At 10:13am on June 3, 2011, Suz Lipman said…

Hi Sharon! I just caught your wonderful Q&A on Grist/Onearth. It's truly terrific and very helpful (I resisted writing "concrete"!) Lovely that you referenced Richard Louv. I hope your wonderful book is being well received. We featured the article on the C&NN home page. Please keep us posted on your book and work. Cheers!

At 1:10am on November 27, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hi Sharon

Oh I'm jealous! I've yet to meet Cam Collier but I spent a wonderful afternoon 2.5 years ago in Toronto with the Evergreen team who showed me their work. It's also good to know that Sue Humphries is getting out and about. After her years of incredible work at The Coombes School, it's good to see international recognition coming her way. She and Sue Rowe have a book that's due to be published in Spring 2011. I think this will be an interesting read - I first heard about The Coombes School when I picked up a book called "The Creative School" several years ago.

On that note - your own book is now available in the UK via Amazon. I have to apologise for not reviewing it yet - it is so clearly a labour of love and passion as well as a really useful reference. I really like the fact that you've got photos and examples from many different countries. I felt compelled to lend it to a nursery I've been working with as it hit the right note, last week. As it stands, I think you've produced a book that will be recognised as a milestone within the world of schoolyard design and change.

Enjoy your weekend!
At 8:53am on September 13, 2010, John Thielbahr said…
Hi Sharon and thanks for joining the Natural Teachers Network. You have much to share with our educators on how to connect kids to nature in their everyday lives. I see Juliet has connected with you, so you are connected to the world. Your book sounds terrific. You might want to connect with Dr. Herb Broda, author of Schoolyard Enhanced Learning. Herb is co-editor of our new Newsletter that will be coming out soon. He is a new convert to social media but is a member of this Group site. We are going to try to get Herb to start a Natural Book Club to discuss books of interest related to children and nature. Others will lead discussions as well. Thanks again for your participation and dedication to children. John
At 12:55pm on September 12, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
News does travel fast and all the Learning Through Landscapes folk know. It's actually been ages since a UK book on school grounds was published (I know you are from the US, but it's made me aware of this), aside from pre-school outdoor play spaces. Thanks for feedback on my blog. Very selfishly, it's a source of reference for me that's easy to access.

All the best with your work and may the book sell far and wide across the globe.
At 4:58pm on September 10, 2010, Andrina Escalante said…
Hello Sharon! I just joined this network and wanted to congratulate you for your book. I hope someday I will be able to buy it on internet somehow! I work in a special education school in San Jose costa Rica and the book would be so useful to improve the sensory gardens we have! I hope to hear from you. I tried to leave another message before this one, but I did not do it right I think.
At 11:33pm on September 7, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hi Sharon

Thanks for joining C&NN Connect. The internet drums are rattling hard and quick. Scotland knows about your book! Frode Svane sent a message out to his contacts and so now the whole world knows!

There's quite a few authors on this website. This does impress me- I struggle to find time to write a memo let alone a whole book.

Best wishes and thanks for joining International C&NN Connect.

Best wishes

PS Our paths did cross at The Coombes School in June. But there were quite a few people there and so I would be surprised if you remembered. But I've blogged extensively about the day on I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!

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