SUGi
USA

Berkeley, CA, USA

Malcolm X Elementary

Outdoor Classrooms for East Bay Students

Land Forest
Miyawaki Method
Urban
School

SUGi partners with schools across the globe to plant ultra-dense, biodiverse forests closer to the classroom. Berkeley, California will be home to the first three Miyawaki School Forests in the United States.

Students at Malcolm X Elementary will not only benefit from the direct health effects of urban forests, but learning in nature improves a child’s behaviour, helps them build stronger relationships, reduces stress and anger, and heightens curiosity.

Even seeing nature from a school building fosters creative thinking and expands the imagination.

Today’s kids spend a whopping 44 hours a week in front of a screen and less than 10 minutes a day playing outside. Access to nature is not equal; it’s too often dictated by where you live, your race and income level. These forests will be a big leap forward in resetting the balance.

Forest Maker Ethan Bryson

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420

TREES

1,300

SQUARE FEET

53

NATIVE SPECIES

Before
6 months after the planting
Ms. Neelam Patil giving a lesson of planting a Miyawaki Forest
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