There is a rich world of opportunity for learning at school outside the classroom. In this episode, we talk with educator Devon Azzam about school gardens, NatureScapes, and rethinking asphalt at Harding University Partnership School.
Devon Azzam currently works as Assistant Director of Outreach for the Gevirtz School where she connects educators, researchers and environmental education organizations. After earning her teaching credential and MEd at UCSB in 2001, she taught 2nd grade for ten years, and worked another ten years developing and implementing school garden programs in Southern California. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to return to Santa Barbara in 2019, where she is able to continue her passion by supporting efforts to get more kids outside and connecting with nature.
A few of the resources mentioned in the interview:
- Children and Nature Network (Richard Louv)
- Green Schoolyards (Sharon Gamson Danks)
- Nature Explore (partnering with SBUSD for nature playscape design and outdoor classroom PD for teachers)
Bits of music you may notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo," Paul Simon, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," XTC, "Playground."
This show first aired on KCSB 91.9 FM on Thursday, October 14, 2021.