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 1-1: Purpose Next 1-3: Clarity 8 Comments jasmithwb May 16, 2018 Log in to Reply The foundation for our outdoor classroom has been layed out and is working well for us. Three years ago our family daycare began the transformation from an outdoor playspace to an outdoor classroom. Our space is not too large, but we have many outdoor learning stations that keep my active group totally engaged. The only complaint I get is when it is time to come inside. My plan this year is to add more areas where the children can independently tend a vegetable garden, do some container gardening, and create a small theme garden. This week we discussed soil preparation and, using bins, mixed dirt, compost, and potting soil/peet moss to create our “ready to plant mix” for the containers and for some pots. The children enjoyed scooping equal amounts and mixing them together. This has been an excellent “foundational” activity for my 3s and 4s. Victoria Hackett May 17, 2018 Log in to Reply Brilliant! I love how you created “ready to plant mix” for your young children. I do believe if we plan ahead for children’s outdoor learning, we can get incredible results. I can’t wait to see pictures of your outdoor learning stations. wecrazy6 May 6, 2018 Log in to Reply With budget concerns , grants and donations will help create outdoor garden. Michelle Morse, East Bridgewater Victoria Hackett May 6, 2018 Log in to Reply It is actually amazing how much FREE stuff there is out there. It is all a matter of knowing what you want, getting clear, and asking. sharoncoop April 16, 2018 Log in to Reply Our first site has been a Cooperative community for 46 years, we will be incorporating this concept of a Cooperative community into our new nature school. We are reaching out to invite volunteers, educators, naturalists, etc. to come together to design our new spaces indoor and out. I love the ides of all the different kind of gardens. Because we are child driven emergent, we will rely mainly on what the children and educators come up with starting in September. Your ideas (a vertical garden!) are so exciting! I love the step by step organization of this unit. It will be very helpful to hand on to our new school’s team of children and teachers. Victoria Hackett April 16, 2018 Log in to Reply Very exciting. Please let me know if you have any questions along the way. chantal.cool March 30, 2018 Log in to Reply I really enjoyed this video! I’m really starting to see different possibilities of gardens with my students and with my kids at home. At School… Since I’m on a maternity leave right now, I can’t really walk around and assess the area but here are a few questions I would like to ask my principal via email: – What would be an area that you could see us use for an outdoor classroom? – Would we have access to water? – Can I talk with the tech teacher to see if he could, with the help of his students, build a tool shed? Talking to the other teachers in school is also a brilliant idea because I know the grade 6 curriculum and how I could use it in an outdoor setting but I teach at a K-8 school so I’m sure they would have many more ideas. I loved your ideas of gardens (butterfly, touch and feel, tee pee, etc.) and I would LOVE to have more information on those and even see pictures! What a cool idea! I also really love the “Take action” sheets. Love seeing example of letters, surveys, etc. Thank you for this! At home… Right now, I am debating between 2 or 3 area for my outdoor center! In our backyard, we have full sun all day long so we are a little bit restricted on what we can grow since some plants need shadow. I also have a space in the front of my house that I was hoping to find a use for but there, it’s full shadow all day… Maybe I could play with this and have 2 areas? I could also put flower beds on one specific side of my baby barn for plants that need some shade… I have a fence around my pool and when you mentioned to “think vertically”, I immediately pictured a “growing wall” where we could maybe plant some herbs and also put some bird feeders. I have lots of ideas and I trying to write them down as they come I loved this video, I’m excited to see what’s next. Tonight, I think I’m going to start sketching a few ideas for my backyard and my front yard. I wish I knew more about which plants grows in total shade and which plants love the sun all day but I know I can always do a quick research on the Internet to find out. Victoria Hackett March 30, 2018 Log in to Reply Fantastic reflections! I love how you are thinking about creating an outdoor classroom both at your home and your school. It is really fun to see where ideas travel. Have fun with this. If you can imagine it–you can do it. I love your energy. Keep up the great work! Enjoy the process of writing your ideas out. You will be amazed where they will take you! 🙂 Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.