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An outdoor classroom is the ideal vehicle for community involvement: Parents, native plant societies, 4-H, garden clubs, and master naturalists are all resources waiting to be tapped, as are local businesses offering support. If you enlist your community in the development and maintenance of your outdoor classroom, the entire community will benefit! All you need are organizational skills, imagination, and these resources to make it happen.
A selection from Science and Children—February 2010
This article provides a lot of great resources for creating an outdoor classroom for your students to get a great learning experience. It mentions how an outdoor classroom is an excellent way to get the community and parents involved in what the students are learning. The article provides links to several websites for schools throughout the United States and Canada that will help them create their own outdoor classroom. The article also provides information about each resource such as cost and possible grants that schools can apply for so they do not have to cover the expenses that are involved with the outdoor classroom. The article also mentions how an outdoor classroom connects with the National Science Education Standard: "Teachers of science design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science."
Brianna Van Beek
Thank you for these ideas! Our local master gardeners have been so helpful, as has our 4H extension office. LSU also has good local documents that compiled information from the farmers almanac and other sources to make it easy for me to read and use quickly.
Ashley Townsend (Baton Rouge, LA)
This article provides examples of the ways organizations have helped many schools to construct outdoor learning gardens. It gives a list of organizations and resources to assist teachers in building learning gardens. It also gives resources that can aid teachers in successfully implementing learning gardens. This article is great for the teacher who is just beginning to consider an outdoor learning space, and provides many helpful tools in getting started!
This article provides many examples of how existing organizations have created ways for people and classrooms to get involved with learning outdoors. It includes websites and descriptions about websites such as https://natureexplore.org/ and http://assoc.garden.org/grants. Some of these categories include ways to get grants for your outdoor gardens that connect with the curriculum. The abundance of websites for teachers to explore how to implement an outdoor classroom is a wonderful aspect to this article that sets it aside from others.
This article contains a list of organizations and resources to help you on your way to establish an outdoor classroom
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
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