Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Paul Faulstich

Reader 2

Nancy Neiman Auerbach

Reader 3

Susan Phillips

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License
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© 2013 Emily I. Palena , Caroline T. Spurgin


This thesis explores schoolyard-based education as a viable and necessary method for rectifying the shortcomings within the American public school system and the Nature-deficit Disorder epidemic. We argue that schoolyard-based education should be fully integrated into the school system, not in the sole form of popularized school gardens, but as a standard teaching method. We show this using extensive research and a case study of three elementary schools in Claremont, California.