Over our 50+ years connecting people and nature, we have often heard teachers say things like…
”I’ve never seen my kids so excited!” and
“I really bonded with students in ways that could never have happened in a typical school day.”
Similarly, we hear students say,
“I wish school could be like this ALL the time.”
We think it can.
Even before the pandemic, schools across the country were moving to more experiential models, with frameworks like place- or problem-based education coupled with various versions of outdoor classrooms. It can provide real-world applications for school content while addressing students’ and teachers’ social, emotional, and physical needs. And now we can add in public health benefits as well!
We applaud this movement and want to support and encourage this by bringing teachers, administrators, and outdoor educators together to tackle challenges of pedagogy, resources, and logistics.
The Schoolyard Network (previously known as the Community for Schoolyard Teaching and Learning) provides this collaboration space where we model best experiential practices in professional development, discussion, and sharing success stories.
Join this community to meet like-minded educators, share and pick up tips, and energize your teaching.