To promote and enable outdoor education and activity

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Theory and Practice (Pedagogy): 

How-To Guides for Outdoor Classrooms:
  • Get Outdoors: An Educators Guide to Outdoor Classrooms WildBC, BC Parks, Parks Canada, Metro Vancouver, and the Ministry of Education
    Step-by-step guide for teachers from K – 12 in getting their students outside and engaged in experiencing the outdoor classroom. 

  • Forest and Nature School in Canada Forest School Canada. 
    “The role of this guide is to help educators and the communities that surround and support them, (such as administrators, facilities staff, parents, licensing officials, etc.), to learn more about Forest and Nature School (FNS) and what this model of education offers Canadian children.”

  • Ideas and Inspiration for School-Based Physical Activity from Norway Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    A research report on school-based physical activity in Norway and the transferability to Canadian Classrooms (Nova Scotia). 
  • Outdoor Classroom Users Guide Boston Schoolyard Initiative
    A how-to guide on facilitating outdoor classrooms including sustainable designing, biodiversity recommendations, classroom management tips and how to structure lessons. 

Curriculum Ideas:
  • Playful Learning Outdoors Megan Zeni
    Playful outdoor learning activity resources for curriculum development/facilitation

    Tips and Tricks (How to dress etc.):

    • How To Dress For Forest School Oro Medonte Forest School. 
      Seasonal clothing suggestions for children/youth participating in outdoor-based classrooms.

    Infrastructure Ideas:

    • Building an Outdoor Classroom Naturescale for Educators 
      Guidance on how to get an outdoor classroom started including starting infrastructure to use instead of building permanent infrastructure. 

    Health and Safety Guidelines:

    • Risk Mitigation COVID-19 (child and youth) Government of Canada 
      “This tool will assist school boards and operators of child and youth settings in considering risks to children/youth, staff and volunteers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and provide examples of strategies that may be implemented to mitigate potential risks.”


    • BUILDING OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS: Fundraising Focus on Forests, Ontario Forestry Association, TD Friends of Environment Foundation
      A resource to support, inspire and enable successful fundraising towards building an outdoor classroom

    Established Outdoor Classrooms:


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