Outdoor Learning Workshops for Teachers

Please contact Marie Tremblay - marie[at]abcee.org if you are interested in any of our workshops.

Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Fun with Words in the Outdoors 

Whether your schoolyard resembles a nature paradise or a concrete jungle, it can be an endless source of inspiration and wonder for your students.  In this engaging session, we’ll show you how outdoor learning can boost your students’ literacy skills by helping them make meaning of words and unleashing their creative minds as they explore and express what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel.  We’ll also demonstrate how learning outside can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and to nature.  Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session outside so please dress appropriately.  

 

Numeracy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Exploring Math Concepts Through Fun Outdoor Activities

What do numeracy, well-being and the outdoors have to do with each other? Everything! Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning.  This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of numeracy skills. Whether you’re teaching basic operations, estimation, magnitude, measurement, patterns, shapes, or space, it’s more fun and meaningful to do this outside where students will naturally be happier and more engaged.  Join us for this hands-on session where we’ll have fun demonstrating activities and expanding your learning environments. Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session outside so please dress appropriately.  

 

Science and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Exploring Science Concepts Through Fun Outdoor Activities

According to environmental educator Juliet Robertson, “If you consider your own time at school, chances are that your strongest memories will be about your time outdoors.” We agree!  In this session we’ll show you how spending time outside with your students is a fantastic way to engage your students in deepening their understanding of key concepts within the K-6 science curriculum such as the diversity and needs of living things, connectedness, systems, seasons, the water cycle, temperature, and spatial and temporal change.  We’ll also demonstrate how outdoor learning can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and nature. Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session outside so please dress appropriately.

 

Numeracy, Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Feeding Brains AND Souls in the Outdoors

What do learning, well-being, and the outdoors have to do with each other? Everything! Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. In this highly active session, we’ll show you how outdoor learning can help your students make deeper meaning of words and math concepts as they explore what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel in an engaging and meaningful context. We’ll also demonstrate how learning outside can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and to nature. This session will be held outside so please dress appropriately.