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How to Get Teens Learning Outdoors

Spending class time outside can be harder to do as students get older, but movement, fresh air, and connecting lessons with nature can leave teens less stressed and more engaged.

April 10, 2024

From math to science to language arts, finding ways to apply curriculum beyond the classroom walls and out in the natural world can boost connection to content, spark curiosity, and increase student well-being. In middle and high school, it becomes less common for classes to go outdoors, but no matter the grade, subject, or setting of the campus—urban or rural—teachers can find activities that get students learning in the open air.  

To learn more about the research cited in the video, check out the links below.

For more ideas on getting teens outside to learn in English language arts, read Nicholas Provenzano’s article for Edutopia, “How to Facilitate Meaningful Outdoor Learning.” For outdoor lessons specific to science, check out Matt Carity’s “Using Simple Outdoor Science Lessons to Inspire Students,” and for math, look to Alessandra King’s “Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class.”

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