Just wanted to share highlights from a recent Edutopia newsletter titled “How to Bring Outdoor Education to Your Class.” You can find the online version here.
Take a Hike: How to Make Being Outdoors In
As gaming devices supplant games of catch, schools counter nature-deficit disorder with outdoor experiences.
by Susan Brenna
Though his parents once lived in the countryside in Mexico, Juan Martinez grew up in crowded Los Angeles, barely noticing the earth and sky that was masked by the concrete and smog. Six years ago, when Martinez was fifteen, his science teacher proposed he earn extra credit and raise his failing grade by joining the school’s ecology club. He found he liked working in the school garden, which led to a trip to the Teton Science Schools, in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. It changed his life.
It’s All Happening at the Zoo School: Innovative Education with Practical Applications
At Minneapolis’s School of Environmental Studies, learning is about becoming an expert and solving real problems.
by Diane Curtis
When Mark LaCroix and his classmates at Minnesota’s School of Environmental Studies (SES) discovered patches of buckthorn crowding out native species at a local park, they didn’t just write up their findings as a science report to be read by the teacher and then handed back. They compiled data in a form familiar to government agencies and submitted a technical report to local officials, who used the information to direct park gardeners to eradicate the invasive plant.
Five Tips for Introducing Outdoor Education to Your Class
Follow these easy-to-implement suggestions about how to go outside with learning.
by Andrea Mills
This how-to article accompanies the feature “Early-Childhood Education Takes to the Outdoors.”
Here are five ways to adopt the ideas behind the Waldkindergarten concept:
- Partner with a Local Nature Center
- Connect with a Natural-Education Initiative
- Network with Other Professionals
- Bring the Forest to Campus
- Gear Up