Take It Outside!

Below are some supporting resources for PLT’s Trees & Me activity guide for exploring nature with young children.

To get the guide, purchase Trees & Me at Shop.PLT.org and/or attend a professional development training in your state.


For information and ideas for leading outdoor learning:


The Minnesota Department of Education offers a research-based resource for teaching preschoolers outdoors from the perspectives of teachers, parents, and the children themselves: Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Booklet. Written during COVID, the booklet includes stories about the stress-reducing benefits of teaching and learning outdoors.

Preschool staff share their top 10 tips for teaching outside in this PLT article.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers rationale and activities for outdoor learning, such as playing with mud and exploring shadows. Check out Articles for Families on Nature and the Outdoors for links.

Scholastic suggests a slew of fun Outdoor Activities for Ages 3-5, from games to crafts to action projects.

Learn what to consider when planning and using outdoor learning spaces with preschoolers in this Virtual Lab School lesson: The Outdoor Environment: Planning for Learning.