Long, Joy Denninger
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There is a need for children to have contact with their native landscape, and an opportunity for this need to be provided on school grounds. This thesis presents a case for making this reconnection through the use of ecological design. Natural areas are shown to provide children with an environment rich in excitement, variety, and developmental responsiveness. Case studies are also provided to show how the theory of ecological design has been applied in the past. The application of ecological theory is presented in an alternative stormwater management approach to a schoolyard in Athens, Georgia.