The Playful Teaching Garden

Victoria Hackett

Outdoor Classrooms Training and Development Programs

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  Ben Franklin

Outdoor Classrooms inspires early childhood teachers, out of school time educators; along with, parents and families to create one-of-a-kind Outdoor Classrooms and/or Backyard Teaching Gardens. All on a shoe-string budget. One way we do this is through workshops and training.

All workshops and training are led by Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.  Whether your workshop is online or onsite, Victoria blends theory with hands-on problem-solving techniques, true-to-life anecdotes, valuable tips, and lively participation. Her extensive experience as a consultant/trainer/mentor and her background as a Natural Teacher allows her to bring a profound knowledge and a pragmatic approach to every workshop she teaches.

The WORKSHOP BUNDLES ARE HERE! Since so many of you have been enjoying the 1-hour workshops and have inquired about purchasing them in bulk, I’m happy to announce that they are here! Did you miss a few of the workshops? Or, are you looking to hunker down on a rainy day and binge-watch all of them? Now you can! Interested? Learn more HERE. 



Have you ever lost track of time when you were doing something you truly love to do? What about times when you are with friends collaborating on a project or just simply being together. This is the essence of play. It’s for all ages. In this workshop, I invite you into the garden gates of the Playful Teaching Garden.

In this 1-hour workshop, you will

  • Learn about the importance of outdoor risk play.
  • Discover how to facilitate “playful learning moments.”
  • Explore how the Play Teaching Garden can strengthen communities.
  • How to lean into trusting the power of Play as a learning tool.

We will share Outdoor Classroom and Backyard Teaching Garden stories and discuss best practices.  OPEN! Workshop Recording.  

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 44
  • 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.

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