Outdoor Classrooms Speaker Series

Victoria Hackett

Are you a Natural Teacher that wants to dig a little deeper while aligning yourself with some of the best thought leaders in the Nature-Based Movement? What if you could listen to fascinating conversations, hear stories about all aspects of the Outdoor Classroom while enjoying one-of-a-kind photographs from Outdoor Classrooms from around the world?

Let’s go on a garden tour of The Four Types of Gardens and bring the Seeds of Inspiration for Outdoor Learning Card Deck to life!  Come hear stories from leaders in the field; along with, their tips and tricks for creating an authentic teaching practice outdoors.


The Outdoor Classrooms Speaker Series is a five-day event that invites Natural Teachers to “dig deep” and explore all the options for creating a one-of-a-kind Outdoor Classroom. The Summit includes pre-recorded conversations with 8 leaders in the children and nature movement. Each interview includes activities for preschool, kindergarten, and school-age children; along with, horticultural therapy ideas for older adults.

    • Seeds of Inspiration for Outdoor Learning with Victoria Hackett from Outdoor-Classrooms.com.
    • The Salad Days and Fall Harvest Days Garden Program with Lara Lepionka from Backyard Growers
    • Cultivate Joy and Wonder through Nature, Food & Community with Jed Norris from Shelburne Farms 
    • Messy Maths Outdoors with Juliet Robertson from Creative Star Learning
    • Natural Playscapes with Rusty Keeler from Earthplay/The Just Play Project
    • Save Our Monarchs One Milkweed at a Time with Ward Johnson from Save our Monarchs
    • Not Gardens but Guardians~The Rise of the Enlightened Yard with David Newsom from The Wild Yards Project
    • Horticultural Therapy Activities for All Ages with Bobbie Mabe from Growth through Gardening
    • The Power of Sensory Gardens with Jena Jauchius from SPVV Landscape Architects


Lifetime Access. 8 Interview Sessions plus Additional Resources

Watch anytime from the comforts of home.

Are you a teacher that:

  • has lost the creative spark and excitement you once felt for teaching?
  • feels there is never has enough time in the day for the constant balancing act of creating lessons, keeping children engaged, and adhering to the professional development standards?
  • is drained and worn out at the thought of going to another conference, paying for a hotel, food, and your time away?

..then this Outdoor Classrooms Summit is for YOU!

Come join us from the comforts of home and soak in inspiring conversations from leaders from the Nature-Based Movement.

Consider what one-of-a-kind Outdoor Classrooms can do you for you, your children, and your community.  The benefits of spending time in an outdoor classroom include:

  • Perfect settings for all subjects
  • Unstructured Play Outdoors.
  • Promotes Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills. 
  • Better Tests Scores. 
  • Higher Grade Point Averages. 
  • Decreased Behavior Problems. 
  • Reduced Symptoms of ADHD.

Join the Outdoor Classrooms Summit and:

  • Reignite your creative spark and wake up excited and eager to get to school.
  • Feel more alive, energized, and deeply satisfied…because you’re making a difference in children’s lives.
  • Earn a 10-hour Participation Certificate.


Nature-Based Leaders sharing their stories, programs, and tips and tricks for teaching outdoors while bringing The Seeds of Inspiration for Outdoor Learning Card Deck to LIFE!

Day 1: Keynote Speaker

Victoria Hackett: Outdoor Classrooms

Day 2: Gardens that Feed

Lara Lepionka: Backyard Growers

Jed Norris: Shelburne Farms

Day 3: Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations

Rusty Keeler: Just Play Project

Juliet Robertson: Creative Star Learning

Day 4: Gardens that Attract Wildlife

David Newsom: The Wild Yards Project

Ward Johnson: Save our Monarchs

Day 5: Gardens for Art and Beauty

Bobbie Mabe: Growth through Gardening

Jena Jauchius: SPVV Landscape Architects

Course Features

  • Lectures 9
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 22
  • Assessments Yes

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.