Inspiring Stories


Do you currently teach outdoors? Share your story and help us inspire others!

Explore this page to see examples of how teachers and schools in Minnesota are teaching outdoors, as well as how organizations and individuals are partnering to provide environmental education opportunities and support.

Rob Marohn teaches fifth grade science and language arts at Bay View Elementary School in Duluth, Minnesota. He is a 2008 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator.

Stories from the Schoolyard: Making the Outdoors your Classroom

Highlands Elementary, Edina Public Schools

Educators: Leah Bulver (2nd-3rd grade) and Jen Heyer (3rd grade)

Featured School: Highlands Elementary

Primary Audience: PreK-12 Educators

These fabulous teachers have several years of experience teaching outdoors with students from different grade levels. They also have experience implementing “Wilderness Wednesdays” and TimberNook (several Highlands teachers went through TimberNook training this past summer). Bring your questions!

Follow on Twitter: @leah_bulver @heyerlearning


Leah Bulver

Jen Heyer

Eisenhower Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools

Featured School: Eisenhower Elementary

Educators: Abby Larson and Lisa Hake

Primary Audience: K-12 Educators

Follow on Twitter: @Hop_MrsHake @AbbyLarson270

Learning in the Park (article)

Hopkins school program allows kids to learn outdoors (Kare 11)

Prairie Science Class (4th & 5th Grade), Fergus Falls Public Schools

Featured School: Prairie Science Class: Partnership between Prairie Wetlands Learning Center & Fergus Falls Public Schools

Educators: Tia Thysell, Mona Davis, Molly Stoddard

Primary Audience: PreK-12 Educators


PowerPoint Presentation

Better Together: Successful Partnerships to Support Outdoor Learning at Schools

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Marshall County Central Schools

Marshall County Central Restored Prairie Site & Outdoor Classroom

(Facebook page: Follow along to see how they use this site with 7th-12th grade students)

Tamarack Nature Center and White Bear Lake Public Schools

Tamarack's Nature Preschool Expansion Opens

Karner Blue Education Center and MN DNR

The Giving Trees: Children with special needs benefit from nature-based teaching tools, including a 5-acre school forest.

Whitewater State Park and Riverside Central Elementary School in Rochester

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood! Connecting city kids to nature where they live


Use #TeachOutdoorsMinnesota to share how you are teaching outdoors (or supporting others to do so)


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