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

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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