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.
With some focused professional development, quality resources, and opportunities to practice, teachers can bring the wonder of learning outdoors right into their schoolyards.
Outdoor experiential education in schoolyards can provide opportunities for both educators and students to learn and grow, with proven benefits to physical, emotional, and social health. This is doubly important during this time of pandemic when being outdoors is safer. While we look forward to a future where outdoor learning is the norm, we also recognize that using schoolyards as classrooms can pose challenges.
The purpose of this network is to create a community of practice within our East Tennessee region where educators and community partners can connect, share, and get excited about engaging with students in their schoolyards!
We invite you to become part of this movement!