Outdoor Learning

Learn about the importance of learning with the land, led by Indigenous Peoples. Included are links to other great resources as well. 

This article describes easy-to-use tools and methods for finding and identifying different types of rocks and minerals in your backyard!

Ever Active Schools uses the Comprehensive School Health framework to support schools, providing professional development opportunities, lesson plans and other resources, and an EAS in residence program to help schools develop a custom plan for improving school health.

The Into Nature guide from Back to Nature Network contains helpful tips on how to start an outdoor education program in your teaching. The second half features dozens of activities (beginning on page 24). More detailed lesson plans begin on page 51.

This guide to nature journaling from Project Learning Tree introduces ways you can integrate journaling to your teaching in a variety of subject areas. 

Teaching the 4 Elements by Shelagh Pyper from Fuse Consulting says, "Children lead with their hands, not their minds. In order for them to develop a relationship with the natural elements of Wind, Water, Earth and Fire (i.e. a connection to Nature) they need to explore the magic and wonder of these things with all their senses." 

 

Scroll down to view lesson plans, which include a biodiversity tally, soil moisture testing with easy to find materials, daily weather recording, and more!

Scroll down to Resources for Teachers or Resources for Parents and Guardians to download your free guides today!

The Nature For All Discovery Zone is a searchable database of videos, lesson plans, comic books, and colouring books to help connect people with nature, instill a love of nature, and learn about nature wherever you are. The database also features guidebooks with tips for organizations on how to introduce young learners to nature and encourage more people to get outdoors!