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Monday, December 18, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST


Presented by: Priya Cook and Jane Tesner Kleiner

Assessing Schoolyard Needs, Wants and Opportunities

  • Identifying and engaging users and stakeholders
  • Identifying current and proposed uses
  • Funding opportunities
  • Timelines 

Greening of Schoolyard Spaces

  • Community hub
  • Multi-purpose spaces
  • Indoor/outdoor connections
  • Campus ecosystem
  • Connections to curriculum

Creating a Schoolyard Plan

  • Diverse areas for multiple purposes
  • Use during (and after) school hours
  • Accessibility and wellness
  • Resources

Play Spaces

  • Benefits of play – types of play
  • Safety and standards
  • Play materials, structures
  • On-going maintenance

Outdoor Classrooms

  • What makes for a great outdoor learning environment?
  • Gathering spaces
  • Learning elements

Additional Considerations/Schoolyard Elements

  • Garden spaces
  • Nature playgrounds
  • Imaginative play
  • Sensory elements


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Certified Planners:


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM|6 for certified planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Priya Cook

Director, Green Schoolyards and Communities

Ms. Cook is driven by a vision in which all people and the natural world can thrive. She works at this intersection as director of Green Schoolyards and Communities at the Children & Nature Network, advancing the Green Schoolyards Action Agenda and supporting locally led systems change for equitable nature connection. Ms. Cook co-led the Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative at the National League of Cities for five years, directed front- and backcountry programs at City Kids Wilderness Project, and served on the Student Conservation Association Board of Directors, after years in public education and policy in Texas, Alaska, and DC. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009 and continues her outdoor adventures in the backyard and backcountry with her family. Ms. Cook holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MPP from UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Jane Tesner Kleiner

Landscape Architect, Ecologist, Environmental Educator and Disabilities Advocate

Nature connections are at the core of Ms. Kleiner’s work to support healthy communities. She has had the privilege of working in city and county governments for parks, trails, and clean water, as well as private sector consulting to communities. Ms. Kleiner’s work in Michigan, Washington and Oregon has bridged ecological restoration in urban areas to create healthy environments in neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and public spaces. She thrives in building relationships and hearing from stakeholders and bringing nature to their doorsteps. Her most recent and on-going work, to move the Green Schoolyard movement forward, has brought her connections as co-author to national movements with the Children & Nature Network, Green Schoolyards America, and the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative in Southwest Washington. Ms. Kleiner has been spending lots of time at recess, parent teacher meetings and meetings with community partners to build and sustain healthy environments for school staff, students, and communities. It can’t get better than helping students see nature up-close, to care and nurture their natural world. She owns Nature+Play Designs in Vancouver, Washington, and is the program manager for the regional coalition, Lower Columbia Nature Network.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Green Schoolyard Planning & Design

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course will identify schoolyard needs, wants and opportunities before exploring the design and creation of green schoolyard spaces. The course will explain the “greening” of schoolyard spaces, the creation of a schoolyard plan, how to incorporate play structures and additional elements and how they can be used as outdoor classrooms and community hubs.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explore green schoolyard designs that serve multiple purposes, facilitate indoor/outdoor connections, and serve as a community hub.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to utilize play structures to serve various types of play and comply with all applicable standards, safety requirements and maintenance operations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to create a schoolyard plan so that the space can satisfy multiple purposes, be utilized as outdoor classrooms and be utilized after school.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to incorporate additional elements into green schoolyard designs such as garden spaces and wooded areas.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with landscape design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/24/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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