Four seasons for learning ... Outdoor Education Resources
What Is Outdoor Education?Outdoor Education is a method of teaching a learning process in the outdoors for exploration and discovery about the environment using first-hand experience involving all courses of study. Outdoor Education has 2 definition elements
A learning climate that takes place outdoors.
A method of teaching a learning process (problem solving).
Project Learning Tree - The Cornerstone for Environmental Education In 2012, Project Learning Tree completed PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide correlations with the Common Core State Standards for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The Cover Page document below provides guidance for using both sets of Common Core Standards correlations. http://www.plt.org/common-core
National Audubon Society, Inc Audubon has identified the new common core language arts and science standards that can be met as your students work with Audubon Adventures. (Elementary) In addition, the educators, scientists, practitioners, and subject matter experts who develop Audubon Adventures follow the guidelines for excellence in environmental education as established by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) We’ve identified a wide variety of teacher activity guides, curriculum booklets, and other resources you can use in your classroom. Please see our descriptions below, then visit the organizations’ Web sites to find out more! http://www.geoec.org/resources/
The Woodland Trust has already engaged 20,000 schools with our extensive range of resources. They are designed to help teachers deliver outdoor learning, inspiring children about nature, woods and trees. http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/schools/
www.sightlines-initiative.com - Sightlines initiative is a national early years charity promoting and supporting a creative and reflective approach to early childhood education.
www.ltl.org.uk This site is for anyone who shares a passion for creating stimulating Outdoor Learning and play experiences for children and young people.
http://www.growingschools.org.uk/ - This site has been designed to support teachers and practitioners in using the “outdoor classroom” as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages.
www.naturenet.net/index.php Naturenet is the UK’s most popular independent countryside and conservation website and is a great resource to find green spaces close to your setting you might not have known about.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)/Conservation Educators
In order to prepare students for field studies, the AFWA Conservation Educators designed a series of guidelines to be used with school science programs, and to add value to environmental education programs. These guidelines are designed for teachers to provide K-12 students “real world” experiences in fish and wildlife related Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies. They are also designed to assist educators in meeting The Next Generation Science Standards that bring to the forefront contemporary sciences and their scientific methodologies.
UNESCO / LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM / TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE This module provides examples of ways that learning outside the classroom can be used to facilitate Education for Sustainable Development. This includes short visits into the school grounds and local community, as well as visits to farms, factories, offices, neighbourhood science centres and natural settings such as a forest, a beach or a national park. http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_d/mod26.html
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard