Why Teach Outside?

Nature helps children’s development–intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. Studies show that teaching outdoors produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math.

Outstanding Educator
Rob Marohn

Rob Marohn teaches fifth grade science and language arts at Bay View Elementary School in Duluth, Minnesota, where he created an after-school forest club.

Outstanding Educator
Beth Girard

Beth Girard is Acting School Forest Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, in St. Paul, Minnesota.