CoursesOutdoor ClassroomsDesigning an Outdoor Classroom Welcome 3 A Welcome Message For You Lecture1.1 Online Classroom 01 min Lecture1.2 Welcome Center 30 min Lecture1.3 How this Course Works 30 min Module 1 5 Getting Started Lecture2.1 1-0 Welcome to Module One 01 min Lecture2.2 1-1: Purpose 01 min Lecture2.3 1-2: Foundation 01 min Lecture2.4 1-3: Clarity 01 min Lecture2.5 Seeds of Inspiration: Case Study 01 min Module 2 5 Design Options Lecture3.1 2-0: Welcome to Module 2 01 min Lecture3.2 2-1: Basic Garden Elements 01 min Lecture3.3 2-2: Theme Gardens 01 min Lecture3.4 Seeds of Inspiration: Case Study Tour 01 min Lecture3.5 2-3: Challenges & Possibilities 01 min Module 3 6 Sustainability Lecture4.1 3-0: Welcome to Module Three 01 min Lecture4.2 3-1: Behind the Scenes 01 min Lecture4.3 Seeds of Inspiration: Case Study Interview 01 min Lecture4.4 3-2: Master Plan 01 min Lecture4.5 Seeds of Inspiration Case Study Tour 01 min Lecture4.6 3-3: Certify Your Wildlife Habitat 01 min This content is protected, please login and enroll course to view this content! Prev 1-0 Welcome to Module One Next 1-2: Foundation 14 Comments patricia.alvarez June 17, 2019 Log in to Reply My memories of childhood include spending hours outside collecting bugs, reading on top of an old non running car, watching the clouds transform, chasing road runners, picking and eating sugar cane from our neighbors garden, building forts outside with “junk” my dad had in the backyard, and camping every summer in New Mexico. I spend so much time outdoors and it shaped my views of the world and how we are to be stewards. Love Richard Louv’s work as well as the writings of Aldo Leopold and John Muri. Feel like today’s children definitely spend more time indoors on screens but also there is a change in our culture that the outdoors are not safe for children. “times are different” is what I hear, “it’s not safe to let my child roam the neighborhood”. I feel outdoor spaces will give children that sense of freedom to explore and try and learn but also provide a place that is seen as “safe” by parents or care givers. I Think the design has to be purposeful to met the needs and wants of both children and their parents or caregivers. My hope is that children everywhere will get to experience the joy and excitement of a rolly polly crawling on their arm or watching birds in a tree, and digging up worms… Victoria Hackett June 17, 2019 Log in to Reply Absolutely beautiful! Love your memories and the freedom they express. The vast difference between our memories and our children’s memories is what inspires me to do this work. I love meeting like-minded souls and look forward to digging into this work with you. wecrazy6 May 5, 2018 Log in to Reply Learn by doing! Too many children suffering from depression!! Believe that more time spent outside will decrease this .Michelle, East Bridgewater Victoria Hackett May 5, 2018 Log in to Reply Absolutely! This is why I do what I do! jasmithwb April 26, 2018 Log in to Reply Initially, my purpose for creating an outdoor classroom was because our indoor space was tiny. But two years ago, I began transforming our outdoor play space into an outdoor classroom. I absolutely love the results…totally engaged, happy children. For 2018, we will work on adding more garden elements to our space. It has taken time, but educating my parents to the importance of an outdoor learning environment will keep up the positive energy. I keep them in the loop with a closed group facebook page. These little ones have a love of and thirst for learning that will go with them when they leave us. In this small way, our work will impact our community. Victoria Hackett April 27, 2018 Log in to Reply I love how the transformation has already begun and how it has changed your own philosophy of education. This happened to me too. jasmithwb April 27, 2018 Log in to Reply Good morning Virginia…where can I upload some pictures. I really want to share this process! Victoria Hackett April 27, 2018 Log in to Reply Hello….oh my goodness….what a great question. You can post pictures on the Private Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311108759093784/. Please let me know if you have any questions. Can’t wait to see your process! sharoncoop April 16, 2018 Log in to Reply I absolutely agree with this module – the more research I do on creating a nature school and the more I share with people new to this concept (The Boston Globe reporter this week) the more it makes fundamental sense. Flexibility, empathy, creative problem solving, attention, planning and organizing skills, social-emotional skills are just a few that are strengthened by learning through a natural lens in an outdoor enviroment. Victoria Hackett April 16, 2018 Log in to Reply Understanding this element is the key to sustainability. This is our WHY! I continue to be fascinated to witness where this movement will take us as educators. chantal.cool March 27, 2018 Log in to Reply I just finished watching the video “Getting started, the importance of outdoor learning” and I loved how it made me think about my childhood memories and made me realize how much I’ve always loved being outside ! Here are some of my childhood outdoor memories – Climbing trees (I had a favorite one and had my own little “house” at the very top!) – Staying outside until sundown – Creating “Ice Palace” in the winter – Mud pies and mud cakes – 4 wheelers for HOURS – Tag, kick the can, hide and seek… – Snow fort, tunnels, Igloo… – Looking for treasures – Finding amazing hiding spaces – Looking for seashells, swimming, bonfire at the cottage Here are some of the things children do today in their free time… – Tablet, computer, cell phone – Social media – Organized sports – Art – Read and write (I hope!) – Some still go out but not for very long… If we are comparing kids from a few decades ago with today’s kids, it is obvious that, on a general basis, they spend less time outside than before. I feel like they always have to be entertained and take part in organized events rather than being able to improvise with what they have and be creative. Most of the kids, when sent outside, don’t know what to do and they get bored very fast. As a parent and a teacher, it is my duty to provide them with the space and plant the seeds of motivation and creativity in an outdoor setting. I want my kids and my students to fall in love with nature and realize that when they are out there, they are free and the sky is the limit ! Am I writing too much ? haha !!! Victoria Hackett March 27, 2018 Log in to Reply Not writing too much at all! I love reading your list of childhood memories. 🙂 Such happy times! The comparisons are real and are the inspiration for WHY we desperately need to create more Outdoor Classrooms that reconnect children to nature. chantal.cool March 28, 2018 Log in to Reply OMG can’t believe I forgot to write “TV” and “Video Games” in my list of what kids do today in their free time !!! Victoria Hackett March 28, 2018 Log in to Reply 🙂 Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.