For Parents

Make the Case with your "Why"

Identify 3 to 5 reasons to share with school district administration, teachers and other parents for why you'd like to see outdoor learning in your child's school.

Explore key research that examines the benefits of outdoor learning here.

Incorporate outdoor activities into School Events organized by the PTO/PTA

Storywalks (Opportunity to partner with local library)

Invite your Nature Center, Watershed, County Soil & Water Program, etc. to attend to do programming or have a display table (Check out possible organizations to partner with)

Outdoor scavenger or medallion hunt in schoolyard or nearby park

Organize Fundraising Events to Support:

Creating outdoor classroom spaces (Outdoor seating areas, vegetable gardens, wildflower gardens, etc)

Purchasing outdoor learning instructional materials

Partnering with local environmental educators to visit each grade level/classroom multiple times a year (This could also involve the schools taking a field trip off-site. But whenever possible, incorporate lessons at the physical school as well to demonstrate for teachers on how to utilize the schoolyard for teaching outdoors. See Inspiring Partnerships for examples)

Sponsor Professional Development Opportunities

Volunteer!

Assist teachers with outdoor learning: Volunteer to be an extra set of eyes & hands during the outdoor learning time

Create & Maintain Spaces: Many hands make light work! In addition to physically creating the spaces, teachers are often responsible for maintaining the outdoor classroom spaces year-round as well. Create a volunteer schedule to help with weeding, mulching, and maintaining the spaces.