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ASLA Designs Online Learning Fun at Home

Join ASLA as we connect with students of all ages during their required time at home. While we find ourselves physically apart due to the COVID-19 crisis, ASLA is working to bring enhanced virtual communities to our members. We are prepared to help students, families and even teachers support the continuity of learning during the mandated school closures.

From hosting story time with young readers, to designing or building activities, ASLA has the resources to keep kids busy. For high school students, we have a number of online resources that will spark their curiosity about career options.

Here’s a full list of ASLA’s online resources for students. Below are a few highlights to get you started.

Host Story Time: K-5

Two story books from ASLA members can inspire the youngest readers with design, invention, environmental systems, and the built environment.

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Baldev Lamba, ASLA and Marie Lamba with illustrations by Sonia Sanchez - Published by Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan.

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Green Trees and Sam is a delightful digital book of adventures about a young girl aspiring to become a landscape architect. Access the free digital version by Shannon Gapp, ASLA/Bolton & Menk.

Screen Time! For Middle to High Schoolers

Here’s a way to offer screen time that benefits everyone!

  • YOUR LAND provides vibrant snapshots that define the meaning of landscape architecture, and primers on several intriguing project types. Access the digital version of YOUR LAND now.

High School Student

Should you become a landscape architect? Make the most of your time at home and let ASLA’s resources guide your career curiosities about landscape architecture. 

  • Is Landscape Architecture Right For You?
  • What do Landscape Architects Do?
  • Why Is Their Work Important?
  • How Do Landscape Architects Make A Difference?
  • Where Can I Study?
  • How Do I Learn More?
  • What Kind of Skills Do I Need?
  • How Do I Pick A School?
  • Where Will I Work?
  • Will I Need A License?

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Find answers to these and other questions in the following online ASLA resources:

Additional online learning career resources can be accessed on ASLA's Become a Landscape Architect webpage.

Mentoring Moment with Ujijji Davis, ASLA 

Take advantage of a virtual mentoring moment with Ujijji Davis, ASLA on Career Girl. Ujijji shares her passion for designing parks, plazas, playgrounds, and cool city spaces. One of her most rewarding projects was restoring and reopening her childhood playground in Central Park. Now it's filled with a new generation of children who are creating their own cherished memories. Her advice to girls is to know the truth about yourself, despite what other people say or think about you. Being self-assured and confident in the things you do will help you tune out negativity.

Teachers 

The Roof Is Growing! is ASLA's premiere Green Roof Education Program that includes a host of teacher resources, videos and fun interactivity. The site offers a comprehensive online learning experience for students, families and educators, all around green roof design and technology. Designed for students in grades 6-8, The Roof is Growing! includes interactive online presentations, downloadable lesson plans, hands-on activities, a student workbook, and teacher guide.

Sketching Fun for the Whole Family 

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Access ASLA's Activity Book for Kids (available in English and Spanish) and take a journey across an imaginary town to learn about the building blocks of landscape architecture. ASLA's Activity Books are also available for teens and adults

Take a Virtual Tour of ASLA Headquarters 

Sledge Hammer Fun - See how ASLA’s national headquarters was built from the ground up! Watch this 5-minute video and see how it all came together.

Although the physical Smart Policies exhibit housed in the Center for Landscape Architecture does not travel, the Smart Policies dedicated web page is an ideal online resource for middle to high school students interested in the profession.

Similarly, while ASLA’s green roof is not physically accessible at this time, the design of the space was translated into the ASLA Green Roof Education Program. The site offers a comprehensive online learning experience for students, families and educators, all around green roof design and technology. Designed for students in grades 6-8, The Roof is Growing! includes interactive online presentations, downloadable lesson plans, hands-on activities, a student workbook, and teacher guide.

Members: Form a Virtual Partnership with Your Local School 

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ASLA made available its customizable slide deck for members. It allows users to revise with photographs of local projects that resonate with students in their local area. It even includes talking points to guide your conversation with the class.

Have questions or need additional information? Contact ASLA at discover@asla.org

 




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