Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  19 minutes
Date:  2001
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 4-8, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Digging In

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Jesse Ketchum School greens their schoolyard.

Digging In

DIGGING IN follows students from Toronto's Jesse Ketchum School as they take steps towards the greening of their schoolyard. Along the way they get 'how-to' advice and inspiration from kids across Canada; from Pauline Public School, where students raised $10,000; from Broadacres School, where a family of wild ducks found a home in their pond; and from Queen Mary School, where the student tip is to 'get help from your parents and teachers to make your garden happen!'

'A tremendous resource for school communities interested in transforming their schoolyards into havens for hands-on learning. The voices and stories of the students, teachers and communities' members involved in these projects will inspire all to see the opportunities that await just outside the classroom door.' Stephanie Stowell, Schoolyards Habitat Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation

'Colorful and energetic...Recommended. Both titles provide positive messages and solid information, and could be used with students ranging from kindergarten to high school. This series could also offer valuable viewing to community service organizations.' MC Journal

'Underlines the importance of outdoor places that encourage students to reflect and explore.' Green Teacher

'Sure to get kids thinking about similar schemes.' Booklist


Reel to Real Family Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival


Main credits

Basen, Gwynne (film director)
Churchill, Jane (film director)
Fukushima, Michael (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Jim Aquila; editor, Ewa Turska; original music, Chris Crilly.

Distributor credits

National Film Board of Canada

Jane Churchill and Gwynne Basen

National Film Board of Canada
Jane Churchill and Gwynne Basen

Docuseek2 subjects

Environmental Education
Environmental Design
Youth Issues
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

Children's Films
Earth Science
Outdoor Education
Urban Studies


greening, schoolyard; "Digging In"; Bullfrog Films

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