Teaching in the Dirt: Designing Outdoor Classrooms E-Course

A course for educators who want to clarify their vision to teach outdoors and create an Outdoor Classroom on a shoestring budget.


Are you a parent or teacher that would like to take your classroom outdoors? When you take your children outdoors, do they run wild and get bored? Do you get overwhelmed each time you think about creating an Outdoor Classroom? Do you simply feel like you don’t know where to start?

What if I told you, you could…

  • Dramatically change children’s behavior using simple, cost-effective ways to transform your outdoor learning space?
  • Design a one-of-a-kind Outdoor Classroom on a shoestring budget?
  • Attract families who become raving fans of your Nature Based Program?
  • Authentically stand out and become a “go to” teacher/program featuring Nature Based Education?

Does any of this sound familiar?

  •  Spend all your time dealing with behavior management instead of teaching. You’re thinking, how could I possibly teach a lesson outdoors. All the kids do is run wild outdoors and I don’t have any time or energy.
  • Unsure where to start with designing an Outdoor Classroom. You feel like your program does not have any money to redesign your outdoor space and you feel you lack the expertise to put anything into place.
  • Losing motivation when parents don’t want their children to get dirty! You worry that your efforts to create an outdoor classroom will be turned down. So why bother?

Did you answer YES to any of the above? Good! Then you are in the right place!

Truth is…

  • Outdoor Classrooms unleash discovery, learning, and adventure for all ages.
  • Outdoor Classrooms come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Well-designed outdoor classroom spaces have an impact on child development.

Did you know?

It is more important that teachers know how to teach a lesson outdoors, using the natural environment, than to have a fully equipped classroom that teachers may not know how to use.

I want you to take a moment and imagine a world where….

  • Every child in every school had access to an Outdoor Classroom.
  • Teacher training includes Nature-Based Education
  • The norm is to teach outdoors!
  • Teachers look forward to teaching creatively rather than managing behavior

Guess What? You can create all of this by simply gaining some clarity on how to design outdoor learning spaces.

I want to introduce you to the TEACHING IN THE DIRT: Designing Outdoor Classrooms e-Course! 


Teaching in the Dirt: Designing Outdoor Classrooms is my step by step course where I will teach you the in’s and out’s of designing your outdoor learning spaces so you can get started with transforming your outdoor learning spaces, reconnecting children with nature and growing your Outdoor Classroom.

This is the class I wish I had when I created my first Children’s Garden and Outdoor Classroom.




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During my time cultivating Children’s Gardens and Outdoor Classrooms, I learned first hand the power of reconnecting children with nature. I also learned that well designed outdoor spaces can have an important impact on child development. If you are thinking about developing your outdoor space for learning and teaching, this course is for you.

Teaching in the Dirt: Designing Outdoor Classrooms is a self-paced e-course designed to support teachers and parents through the process of transforming thoughtful outdoor learning spaces for children. In this course, we will explore the importance of outdoor learning, design elements and sustainability of your outdoor classroom. We will also discuss intentional teaching and playful learning, along with hands-on-minds-on learning.

What is included?

This video-based e-course introduces…

  • four types of gardens
  • basic outdoor design elements
  • simple guidelines to gain clarity for your one-of-a-kind Outdoor Classroom
  • tool shed of resources.
  • 2 amazing Outdoor Classroom Case Studies: Interviews and Garden Tours.
  • helpful “Take Action” worksheets

As a community, we will have the opportunity to look at the evolution of each other’s outdoor learning spaces. Natural Teachers will receive practical feedback and support as they post before and after photos of their evolving outdoor classroom. You will be inspired to “dig in” and create your own outdoor learning spaces!


Module 1: Getting Started

  • The Importance of Outdoor Learning
  • Building Community: 6 Foundation Projects
  • Finding Clarity: Four Types of Gardens
  • Case Study #1: Outdoor Classroom Interview

Module 2: Design Options

  • Designing with Basic Outdoor Elements
  • Theme Gardens as Learning Stations
  • Design Challenges: Become a Possibilitarian
  • Case Study #1: Outdoor Classroom Tour

Module 3: Sustainability

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Case Study #2: Outdoor Classroom Interview
  • Creating a Master Plan
  • Case Study #2: Outdoor Classroom Tour
  • Certify your Outdoor Classroom


Course Access:

  • Self-Paced E-Course
  • Take this course at your own time and at your own pace
  • Unlimited access

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

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  1. Victoria is always available by email or phone. One on One consultation is available upon request.
  2. A Tool Shed of Answers will be set up to answer common questions. If you have a question, the first thing you can do is to go to the Tool Shed to see if your answer is there.

[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”How will the instructor respond to participants’ written assignments visual journal?”] This is a self-paced course and all the assignments are hands-on activities focused around designing and actually creating an outdoor classroom. Students will post pictures of drawings and garden developments on a community garden board. No two gardens will be the same; therefore, an abundance of resources will be collected simply from this course.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Will the instructor organize groups of participants to meet to discuss issues related to the course?”] Students have the option to join the Teaching in the Dirt Facebook page. This will act as a community garden of resources, tips, garden projects, and support.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Will the instructor visit participants on-site?”] Although I would love to visit every garden that is created, I can’t make any promises or guarantees.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Do I need to be a gardener to take this course?”] Not at all. You just need to have a passion for teaching. You do not have to have a green thumb. That is the beauty of this course. If you need help, we are here to provide resources, activities, and inspiration.[/learn_more]

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