The Yard by Good Natured Roots fosters a sense of wonder! Learning outside develops an understanding of the world through play, exploration, and creative activities. By way of skill-building activities, diverse stories, and age-appropriate interdisciplinary conservation and environmental programming, The Yard provides a space within urban neighborhoods that strengthens the relationship between a child and their community and the natural world. The Yard is an extension of Good Natured Roots children's magazine within local communities in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the movement for park and green space equity.
While the traditional approach to addressing these inequalities has focused on creating new parks or improving existing ones, the emerging park equity movement emphasizes the need to reverse the policies, systems, and norms that have led to pervasive green space inequities in African American, Latino, and low-income urban communities across the U.S.
Failing to invest in green spaces and other health-promoting infrastructures in neighborhoods of marginalized groups is a disservice not only to those directly impacted by the limited resources but neighborhoods and cities as a whole. Reversing green space inequities requires working alongside residents, community organizations, park agencies, and other stakeholders.
Funded by Miami, FL (November 2021)