Schoolyard Biocultural Diversity Community

Schoobio empowers middle and high school teachers and students across the globe.

Teachers use experiential and place-based learning methods, unleashing the potential for ecological school grounds to increase biocultural diversity and connect students with the natural world.

A boy holding a toad
A girl looking through binoculars

Schoobio addresses these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Schoobio started in 2016 as the Schoolyard Biodiversity Exchange, a program for Kansas teachers. Since then it has evolved into its current iteration. Funding and support for Schoobio has been provided by Project Central; the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; Johnson County Community College computing science and information systems students; and Johnson County Master Naturalists. Thank you to all of the outdoor educators, teachers, students, and others who have offered insights and suggestions for improvements to the program, and especially to my doctoral dissertation committee: Dr. Pamela Bork and Dr. Kele Anyanwu with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability program, and Dr. Keitaro Ito at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, for their guidance and support.

--Shari L. Wilson, M.A., Schoobio Creator

These resources provide more information about biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, and how ecological school grounds contribute benefits for students, teachers, and community members: