Teach Outdoors Weekly Workshops

Join us at 3:30pm CST every Wednesday!

Password: Outdoors!

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Sign up to be emailed the zoom link for our weekly workshops. We will use the same zoom link each week, so make sure to save the email! Zoom password is: Outdoors!

You only have to fill this form out once. In addition to the initial email with the zoom information, you will also receive an email at the beginning of each month with the topics and presenters for the upcoming month.

Any questions or problems, contact us at TeachOutdoorsMinnesota@gmail.com

Are you interested in presenting? Please complete this form

Are you a Minnesota environmental educator, teacher, or organization that supports teaching outdoors? Do you have something you would be willing to share with over 600 registered participants? If so, complete the form and we'll be in touch!


If you attend the workshops live you will have the opportunity to receive FREE CEUs. CEUs are issued by Hamline University. You will need to complete a form to receive the CEUs during each live session.

In addition, those requesting CEUs will be eligible for a discount on tuition at Hamline University's Natural Science and Environmental Education program. This program offers many graduate-level courses that will further support you in teaching outdoors. Information on how to participate in this tuition-discount opportunity will be provided with your CEUs.

View Recordings of Previous Workshops:

May Workshops

May 5: Creating Rain and Pollinator Gardens

Recording of Presentation

Copy of Powerpoint

Inspired by this presentation? Share your garden photos & future projects using #UrbanRoots

Presenter: May Vang, Conservation Program Manager and David Woods, Conservation Program Director

Target Grade/Age of Students: Elementary, Junior High, High School

Description: Have you thought about planting a pollinator garden or rain garden with your students but don’t know where to start? Join us to learn about Urban Roots, a non-profit organization located on the East Side of St. Paul that empowers youth through nature, healthy food, and community. We will be sharing how we involve our youth in the process of designing, installing, and maintaining these gardens as well as how we incorporate educational activities in these outdoor spaces.


Example of a rain garden guide

Watershed district grants

Capitol Region

Ramsey Washington

Mississippi Watershed (Minneapolis)

Bee Squad - Pollinator Plant ideas

Xerces Society - Lots of pollinator information

May 12: Nature Journaling

Recording of Presentation

Presenter: Cristina Palmisano, Emma Chapman, Ashley Smith

Target Grade/Age of Students: All Grade Levels

Description: Explore, wonder, and discover through the incredibly versatile tool of nature journaling. This workshop will cover the purpose and benefits of nature journaling, some of the basic skills needed, and ways to apply the tool to several different subject areas. Please come prepared with paper and pen or pencil and an object (preferably from nature) that you think is neat.


How to Teach Nature Journaling (Website with resources)

How To Teach Nature Journaling by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren

Emma Chapman

Cristina Palmisano

Ashley Smith

May 19: Monarch Butterflies

Recording of Presentation

Presenter: Katie-Lyn Bunney

Target Grade/Age of Students: All Grade Levels

Description: Monarch butterflies are one of the most recognizable and charismatic insects in North America. Their life cycle and ecology, coupled with their inherent magnetism, make them an intriguing and simple organism to slot into science education and to use as a topic across subject areas for all age levels and abilities. This presentation will provide some tips, tools, and ideas for how to incorporate monarchs and other pollinators into your outdoor education and help conserve monarchs and their migration.


MJV website

MJV Store

Webinar Archive


MJV's FAQ on the ESA listing decision for monarchs

Monarch Conservation Education Page

Monarch Citizen/Community Science:

Pollinator Habitat Guides:

Curriculum Resources:

Miles For Monarchs If you are interested in hosting your own event, contact Ella Phillips at ephillips@monarchjointventure.org

May 26: Get Ready to Start Your New School Year with Outdoor Learning!

Video Recording of Presentation

Presenter: Anna Dutke & Friends Bring your stories, favorite tips & tricks, top items to have in your backpack/wagon, etc.

Target Grade/Age of Students: Any Grade Level


During this session we will share some tips & tricks for things that you can work on this summer to start your school year with Outdoor Learning in the Fall. Topics will include these & more: Outdoor seating, transporting materials, favorite resources (learn what's on the Teach Outdoors! MN website), and creating a safety plan.

If you have been teaching outdoors or working to support teachers, bring your favorite Tips & Tricks to share!


Presentation Slides

MnECO Outdoor Learning Toolkit (complete form to get access): Comprehensive list of things to consider/prepare for outdoor learning

Be Inspired:

Research (Help make the case)

Summer Offerings by Partner Organizations

Please share your professional development opportunities with TeachOutdoorsMinnesota@gmail.com so we can feature it on our website.

Compass to Nature: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

Hosted by US Fish & Wildlife

Dates: June 9 - July 21, 2021

Session 1: June 9 Session 2: June 16 Session 3: June 23 Session 4: June 30 Session 5: July 7 Session 6: July 14 Session 7: July 21

All sessions are 3 - 5 PM EST/ 2 - 4 PM CST. This is a series, please register for all events.


View the flyer HERE

Jeffers Foundation: Summer Workshops

Visit the website for more information & to register