Exploring Nature in Winter Master Class

Victoria Hackett

Hello Winter Explorers,

Do you not know what to do with children outdoor during these cold winter months?

Does your mind want to go outside and do amazing activities, but your body says “Uh…let’s just stay inside.”

And when your kids ask you about the next time they’ll get to go out, you’re left looking liked a deer caught in headlights. You don’t know what to say because you don’t have a plan or any systems in place for cold weather play outdoors in winter.

Hey, I get it. Just last week, I was talking to a room full of teachers and they were perplexed as to what to do with their children outdoors. “It’s too cold”, “It’s too icy.” “It takes up too much time.”

It’s normal to want to curl up and snuggle through the cold winter months. But while skipping outdoor time may seem like a great idea in the moment, it can be a problem for everyone in the long run. Germs, lack of exercise, and boredom quickly result in behavior problems and sick, miserable, unengaged kids.

What if instead of complaining about the cold and looking at the kids blankly, you had hot lesson plans for any cold winter day?

What if both you and your kids could kick the winter blues and enjoy all winter has to offer. The nip in the air, the bird songs, and maybe some hot chocolate as you explore the outdoors.

In the Exploring Nature in Winter Master Class, you’ll lose the winter blues and discover different ways to connect children with nature, no matter the weather.

In this Master Class, you’ll discover:

  • How to create a winter curriculum that gets both you and your kids jazzed about going outside.
  • 30+ Nature-Based Winter Activities and ideas you and your kids will love.
  • An expansive Resource Library of winter–themed children’s books.
  • Sneak peeks into how other nature-based teachers create their winter activities.
  • Top tips and examples for creating a cold weather winter classroom.

This Master Class includes:

  • 4 Modules delivered to your inbox with videos, handouts, and ideas galore!
  • 2 Live Virtual Classes via Zoom to answer your questions, get new ideas and connect with your classmates, and discover new approaches to teaching outdoors in Winter
  • Private Facebook Group to share your celebrations, photos, and accomplishments!
  • 15-Hour Participation Certificate to honor your time and commitment!
  • A new community of like-minded educators from all over the world!


0-1: Home
0-2: A Note from Victoria
0-3: Introductions: Curiosity Questions
0-4: Set Goals

Module 1: Embracing Winter
1-1: Plan and Prep
1-2: Discover your Rhythm Outdoors
1-3: Make a Winter Garden Journal
1-4: Create a Winter Theme Children’s Library

Module 2: Winter Inspired Classrooms
2-1: The Cold Weather Classroom
2-2: Ten Nature-Based Winter Activities
2-3: Behind the Scenes with Nicole Pelletier
2-4: Live Class #1 Recording

Module 3: Get Outside Rain or Shine
3-1: Water Research
3:2: Ten Nature-Based Winter Activities
3:3: Behind the Scenes with Peter Dargatz
3:4: Moments of Science

Module 4:
4:1: Incorporate Academics Outdoors
4:2: Ten Nature-Based Winter Activities
4:3: Create Stewards of the Natural World
4:4: Live Class #2 Recording

Tuition: $197

If you’re an early childhood teacher, director, parent, after school provider and/or homeschooler…this class is for you. Join the fun, get inspired, and explore nature during the winter months with kids.

Questions? Email me at victoria@outdoor-classrooms.com. Let’s embrace these colder months together and make it the best season to be outdoors!  Sign up and save your space.

See you in class,







Course Features

  • Lectures 20
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 25
  • Assessments Yes
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ABOUT VICTORIA: My mission is for every child in every school to have access to an Outdoor Classroom. Therefore, I inspire educators to teach outdoors and lead an on-line virtual community of Natural Teachers all over the world to create their own Outdoor Classroom story.


  1. momburd54
    January 5, 2018

    Hi Victoria,

    I really enjoyed this workshop and hope to participate in many more. I’m embarrassed to say this was my very first online workshop so I wasn’t sure if I even did everything correct! I took a million notes and pictures of everything. It may be a challenge with our weather here in Mass, but hopefully it’ll be a bit warmer next week to get the children out. My other challenge will be, as one of the barriers, is to educate the parents about how wonderful outdoor play is for their children AND to please dress them accordingly (not to mention my co-teacher). Thanks so much! Carol Burdett

    • Hi Carol,
      I am thrilled that you enjoyed this on-line workshop and look forward to seeing you in more of them. Welcome to our community of Natural Teachers! It does look like you did everything correctly. If you would like to earn the certificate, you just need to do a few of the activities and write a comment about them. I understand the weather in Ma. I’m in Beverly, MA and we just got hit hard with the snow storm. Turn these challenges into opportunities and write a letter to parents on the benefits of Outdoor time in Winter. You can send them this article on The Benefits of Outdoor Play in Winter.

      • ….add a list of clothing that every child should have. Snow pants, gloves, hats, change of clothes, etc. Begin collecting extra clothes too for kids and teachers!

        • momburd54
          January 15, 2018

          Hi Victoria,
          I’ve had a few weeks to do some of the activities and the weather was very cooperative to do many of them!
          The first was the letter to the parents and despite a few (we have 17 children) most brought all the snow clothes. It was so cold for awhile we had to bring the snow in and put in in the rice table. The children wore their mittens and played with the polar bears, penquins, etc. It was a good time to talk and read about hibernation. We made tunnels under the snow with dirt to show how the smaller mammals hibernate. Messy fun!
          We read “Snowballs” then the children made their own model magic snow people and decorated them with twigs, berries, shells and seeds They were able to come the the table and take as many things as they wanted. It actually turned into a 20 minute activity. The conversations were priceless! Then it was finally above 25 and we could make our own snowman and decorate it outside! After the first day of a few complaining kiddos, they had a blast in the 14 inches of snow. We shoveled a maze to run around in & shoveled out our small garden. We added rocks (I did have to buy a bag at the dollar store), they made paths, stick trees & little balls (houses) of snow.
          I had collected lots of sticks from our woods and had the children paint them. We hung them our near the entrance of the school and the parents loved them. We also used aluminum pie plates to freeze our masterpieces of pinecones, sticks, leaves & seeds.
          Oh, right after the snow we carefully looked out the window for tracts & I took pictures so we could make a chart … had to google some of the tracts and it was just as exciting for the teachers!
          I took pictures and put them up so the parents would see how much fun we were all having outside.
          We filled up water balloons when it was so cold, then we were able to watch them shrink as the days got warmer.
          I plan to start some of the shadow activities before Ground Hogs day and will use clouds and wind for March.
          I will be trying the rubber gloves and compost jar for the worms as soon as the ground lets us dig some up.
          We’ll have one week of Olympics before school vacation so I’m brainstorming some activities we can do outside for our own Olympics.
          Thank you again. The kids have had such FUN and they don’t even realize how much they are learning!
          Happy January!

          • January 15, 2018

            Brilliant! It sounds as if you truly captured the essence of exploring nature in Winter! I love all the activities you have done with the kids and can just hear all the chatter while playing! I will send your certificate along shortly! Great job!

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