What is the Outdoor Classrooms Summit? The concept behind this Summit is to bring the Seeds of Inspiration for Outdoor Learning Card Deck to life with conversations with Nature-Based Early Learning Leaders.
The 2020 Outdoor Classrooms Summit is a five-day online event that introduces The Four Types of Gardens: Gardens that Feed, Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations, Gardens for Art and Beauty and Gardens that Attract Wildlife. Learn more details about the Summit HERE.
The 2020 Summit kicks off with a keynote from me, Victoria Hackett on 2/10/20. If you don’t know me already, my mission is for every child in every school to have access to an Outdoor Classroom. Therefore, I inspire educators to teach outdoors, cultivate nature-based curriculum and to make Outdoor Classrooms on a shoe-string budget. I lead an online community of Natural Teachers all over the world to create their own Outdoor Classrooms story.
Because all our outdoor spaces are different, I believe in design options; along with, mixing and matching elements and ideas from The Four Types of Gardens.
Gardens that Feed are gardens that can be described as Edible Gardens or Vegetable Gardens. The focus is to teach children about nutrition and where our food comes from. These gardens offer captivating experiences for children to use their sense by looking at the and tasting food they have grown themselves. Learn more about Lara Lepionka from Backyard Growers and Jed Norris from Shelburne Farms HERE.
Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations are inspired by themes such as a Mud Kitchen, Rock Garden, Miniature Garden, Sensory Garden, Alphabet Garden, Water Wall, and so many more. These gardens connect curriculum to the Outdoor Classroom. Learn more about Juliet Robertson from Creative Star Learning and Rusty Keeler from PLAY Spaces HERE.
Garden for Art and Beauty bring all ages together. These gardens include sculptures, plantings, and flowers. They contribute to the community and teach us how to integrate music, dance, poetry, storytelling, and painting into the outdoor garden experience. Come learn more about Jena Jauchius from SPPV Landscape Architects and Bobby Mabe from Growth Through Gardening HERE.
Gardens that Attract Wildlife incorporates the food, shelter, sustainable practice and places to raise young. They are havens for butterflies, bugs, and birders and can be certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Come learn more about Ward Johnson from Save our Monarchs and David Newsom from The Wild Yard Project HERE.
I love collecting stories! In the Outdoor Classrooms Summit, each garden is brought to life with riveting conversations, photography, stories, ideas, and resources from early learning leaders from the Nature-Based Movement. There’s a total of eight interviews plus a Keynote.
Want to interact with other like-minded teachers in the Summit? No worries, you will have access to an Outdoor Classrooms Summit Private Facebook group where you can share, discuss, and reflect on the stories you just heard and how they inspire and shape your own Outdoor Classroom story.
Don’t forget that you can enjoy the Summit from the comforts of home and earn a 10-hour Participation Certificate. Questions? Email Victoria Hackett at firstname.lastname@example.org