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Outdoor Learning Environments

Outdoor Learning Environments

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Looking for information, resources, experiences on Outdoor Learning Environments for both early years (FDK) and primary grades.

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Hi Wendy-
I reached out to a colleague of mine, David Sobel ( and he forwarded this message for me to pass along to you!


First thing to turn to for resources is the new Forest Schools Canada organization in Ottawa. They're doing lots of professional development in getting young children outdoors.

Also, at Antioch University New England, in Keene, NH, we've recently started a Certificate program for Nature-based Early Childhood which offers professional development courses for teachers. Our web pages describe the program and include a number of good articles about this emergent field.

Finally, we have a list of books that we recommend on the topic. You can find it here:



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Wendy Olson
Elementary Vice Principal from Ontario, Canada

Thank you Laura and David for your reply to my inquiry. I'm excited to support one of my staff members in her creation of an outdoor learning environment for her grade 1/2 class. I will forward your response and David's resource list to her.
Thank you! -- Wendy

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