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.
- A third grade class plays a recycling relay race,
- One or more teachers use outdoor school areas several times a year as part of the curriculum.
- Faculty and students implement ongoing instruction using the school grounds.
- Schools regularly employ out door classrooms as additional learning spaces.
- The playground contains activities that engage the students with the natural landscape.
- Students take an active role in the design and maintenance of school grounds.
- The school has a nature path that provides a learning opportunity for students.
- Teacher Resources Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association
- NCSU Natural Learning Initiative Publications
- NC Environmental Literacy Plan (draft)
- Moving the Classroom Outdoors- Herb Broda
- Take a Child Outside Activities - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- You are an earthworm - Grade 6 - Learn NC
- Nephelococcygia- Cloud Watching - Grade 2 - Learn NC
- Observing Connections Series - Grades 4-5 Visual Arts Education - Learn NC
- Who has seen the wind? Harnessing alternative energy - Grades 9-12 Learn NC
- Playgrounds with nature in mind: Enhancement and Design (in Asheville): Mary Weber, Landscape Architect