Teach Outdoors! Minnesota is offering up to 20 mentorship opportunities for PreK-12 teachers. Each mentorship will work to develop and enhance outdoor instruction through guidance, role modeling, and educational resources.
Purpose: To build teachers’ own comfort levels and skills teaching and managing classes outdoors, under the guidance of a seasoned mentor.
Outcome: Mentees will lead students outside for one more lessons on their own during the 2021-2022 school year.
Each mentees will receive a $100 stipend at the end of their mentorship (April-June, 2022).
Be a current PreK-12 classroom teacher (public, private, or charter) in Minnesota
Have a desire to begin or advance outdoor instruction in their classroom
Have little to no outdoor instruction experience in their current classroom
Teachers do not need to have a developed outdoor classroom to participate. Mentors can work on school grounds, nearby nature spaces, or other outdoor spaces.
Meet in-person with mentor for an initial school grounds/outdoor classroom walk
Meet in-person or virtually with mentor a minimum of 3 additional times throughout the year
Document outcomes. Provide documentation of outdoor instruction with students throughout the year (e.g. photos, student quotes, written statements, list of activities completed, etc.)
Complete year-end evaluation to provide feedback on the program.
Sept 30, 2021 - Applications period opens
October 20, 2021 - Application period ends. Applications are reviewed and rated
October 28, 2021 - Mentees receive notifications if accepted or not. Mentors and mentees will begin to plan their first meeting time.
April – June 2022 - Mentees complete the program. Each mentee will send documentation and stipend form to mentor and complete online evaluation.