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Resources for Learning Outside

In addition to the web-based resources below, you can find additional resources for learning outside in Get2Green’s Outdoor Learning Resource Folder

 

More resources for engaging in environmental stewardship through citizen science, service learning, field studies, and more can be found under the Engage tab.


General Resources

Want to learn more about the benefits of learning outside? Looking for a guide to get started? The following resources can help!

 

 

Children and Nature Network’s Research Library website link

Children and Nature Network’s Research Library is a searchable tool that can help you find peer-reviewed scientific research that provides evidence of the various mental, academic, physical, and social benefits of connecting children and adolescents with nature.

 

The National Environmental Education Foundation website link.

The National Environmental Education Foundation features a section on outdoor activity on their website that includes infographics, fact sheets, and research on the health benefits of outdoor learning and activity.

 

Project Learning Tree’s Tips for Teaching Outdoors website link

Project Learning Tree’s Tips for Teaching Outdoors includes tips and stories of successful outdoor learning programs and projects. Explore the rest of their website to learn even more about teaching outdoors and environmental education.

 


Learning

Nature is a fantastic classroom, and these lesson plans and resources can help you make the most of the educational potential of the great outdoors.

 

 

Project Learning Tree website link

Project Learning Tree has outstanding lesson plans for learning outside. Many of their resources are provided if you attend a PLT training in person or online. They do have some sample lessons and resources for free and more for purchase on their website.

30 Ways to Take Your Lessons Beyond Your Classroom Walls website link.

Find 30 Ways to Take Your Lessons Beyond Your Classroom Walls for science, math, language arts, music, art, and P.E.  These ideas fit K-6 best, but could be scaled up for secondary students.

Outdoor Learning Activities for Upper Elementary website link

These Outdoor Learning Activities for Upper Elementary include writing activities, a geometry scavenger hunt, a language arts scavenger hunt, and more.

Education.com website link

Education.com has over 100 Nature Activities & Nature Experiments targeted at grades K-8, including leaf rubbing, measuring trees to guess their age, building pine cone bird feeders, making a rain gauge, and more.