Outdoor Learning Ideas and Resources

Schoolyard enhancements maximize the students' opportunity to interact with nature and to understand the wonder and science within the world around them.


  1. A third grade class plays a recycling relay race,
  2. One or more teachers use outdoor school areas several times a year as part of the curriculum.
  3. Faculty and students implement ongoing instruction using the school grounds.
  4. Schools regularly employ out door classrooms as additional learning spaces.
  5. The playground contains activities that engage the students with the natural landscape.
  6. Students take an active role in the design and maintenance of school grounds. 
  7. The school has a nature path that provides a learning opportunity for students.