Tips for Teaching Outdoors

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    PLT’s Top 8 Socially-Distanced Activities

    We’ve assembled a list of our top eight Project Learning Tree activities perfect for social distancing kids in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

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    Activities to Do With Children Outdoors

    Spending time outside is one way we can boost our resiliency while quarantining at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Bookmark a few of these free PLT family activities to try in your backyard, at a local park or trail, or another nearby safe space outdoors.

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    10 Outdoor Winter Activities for Preschoolers

    The winter environment offers an abundance of learning opportunities for preschoolers, even in cold climates. Here are 10 winter activities that you and your preschoolers can enjoy outdoors.

  • Student Involvement at Lee Academy: Finding Opportunities Out the Window

    PLT supports place-based education. Read how one high school PLT teacher in Maine uses community-based investigations to give students opportunities to make real world decisions, meet community needs, and explore what is happening in their own neighborhoods as the foundation for learning cross-cutting concepts.

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    Tips for Creating an Outdoor Classroom

    As the pandemic has disrupted countless traditional learning environments, many have begun to move classes outdoors. But as Project Learning Tree educators know all-too-well, taking lessons outdoors offers many more benefits than just germ control!

  • Ideas for Young Learners to Explore Sounds Around Their Neighborhood

    Sounds abound in every school yard! This activity encourages PreK-2 learners to explore sounds all around their neighborhood and compare how sounds change from one season to the next.

  • Agent of Change: Accolades for Our PLT State Coordinator

    My life changed when I met Pat Maloney, the PLT State Coordinator in Maine. Learn about PLT’s national network that provides support to educators for incorporating environmental education and outdoor learning into their classrooms.

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    Exploring Forestry as a Career

    A forester explains what the life of a forester actually entails and how she inspires students to explore jobs that will take them outside.

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    Why Teach Outside in Winter?

    Teaching outside year-round is a rewarding experience for students of all ages. Teachers in Maine share how to make winter outdoor learning safe and fun.

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    Top Ten Tips for Teaching Outside – Middle and High School

    There are lots of reasons to learn outside. If you are thinking about trying out teaching in the outdoors, check out these tips.

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    Top Ten Tips for Teaching Outside – Elementary

    There are lots of reasons to learn outside. If you are thinking about trying out teaching in the outdoors, check out these tips.

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    Top Ten Tips for Teaching Outside – Early Childhood

    There are lots of reasons to learn outside. If you are thinking about trying out teaching in the outdoors, check out these tips.

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    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.

  • Overcoming Fears About Teaching Outside: One Teacher’s Story

    A 5th grade teacher in rural Minnesota uses a local forest as a teaching resource. He also engages parents and the entire school in environmental learning.