Exploring Nature in Summer Masterclass

Included in the CIRCLE Membership
LIVE Session Kickoff on 7/3

This course is included in the CIRCLE Membership
Or you can purchase as a standalone.

Learn to be able to enjoy everything summer has to offer in your outdoor classroom!
Start your summer teaching gardens and learn key steps to make your garden dreams happen in 2024!

(Rg. $476)

$297/Annual Membership
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This course encourages enjoying the bounty of summer, including harvesting food, observing wildlife, and enjoying community.

Discover how to grow and care for native plants and harvest edibles step-by-step. This summer, enhance all of your teaching gardens with these insightful tips and kid-friendly activity ideas.

What Principals are Saying

“I want to thank our friend Victoria Hackett, a Beverly resident and national outdoor learning expert who jumped right in to help our faculty build a plan to maximize our outdoor learning as we reopened our school to in-person learning in the midst of the pandemic. Her inspiration was fundamental to helping us realize what could be possible.”

~ Gabrielle Montevecchi Principal of Hannah School in Beverly, MA

Summertime provides a bounty of gatherings and a season for adventure in our outdoor classrooms. 

The Exploring Nature in Summer Masterclass is designed for early childhood teachers, parents, after-school providers, and homeschoolers who want to take their Teaching Gardens to the next level. With the Winter and Spring behind us, it is time to celebrate the abundance the garden has to offer and gather in gratitude. You will not only learn to garden with us with step-by-step plans, but you will also gain troubleshooting tips and inquiry-based activities for children within each module.

Introducing the Exploring Nature in Summer Masterclass

If you are an early childhood teacher, parent, after-school provider, and/or homeschooler…this class is for you. Join the fun, get inspired, and explore nature during to summer months with children.



With pre-recorded videos, course booklets, and activity assignments for success, this Summer Masterclass offers thorough direction on Exploring Nature in Summer in the Four Types of Gardens.


Module 1: Gardens that Feed in Summer


This module provides a step-by-step guide on how to plant, grow and harvest an edible garden with children in summer. It includes cooking ideas, activities, and best practices. We will explore how to add a raised garden bed, what food to plant in summer, and how to plant with our summer planting plans.


Module 2: Gardens that Attract Wildlife in Summer


This module introduces native plant families for the summer months, gardening systems, and set-up. We will explore why garden structures are important and how to incorporate them into your curricula. Through plant lists, and a step-by-step guide, we plant a pollinator garden together in the Secret Gardens. This module includes summer wildlife activities for children.


Module 3: Gardens for Art and Beauty in Summer


This module explores summer seasonal blooms in the Secret Gardens. Learn how to plant a “picking garden” and how to make bouquets of fresh locally grown flowers from your outdoor classroom. Plant lists and children’s activities are included.


Module 4: Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations in Summer


This module focuses on enhancing children’s learning experiences by adding features to our outdoor learning stations to transform children’s playful experiences. We will explore inquiry-based activities in our Maker Space, Fishing Bridge, Mud Kitchen, Wash and Dry Garden, Story Walk, Row Boat, Water Wall, Log Hotel, and so much more

What CIRCLE Members are Saying

“Thank you @outdoor_classrooms for encouraging me to keep going, for being one of my biggest cheerleaders and for allowing me to share my work with the outdoor classrooms community. Feeling grateful for the Outdoor Classrooms CIRCLE community for providing me a platform to share my passion for creating art with young children and for being one of the catalysts for the work that I do!”

 ~ Laura Delgado,
    Director & Founder of the Montessori Tree in Austin, Texas

Unlock this Masterclass and 36+ more workshops and our 4 seasonal masterclasses with our All-Access CIRCLE Membership!

Here’s what you get each month in the CIRCLE Membership Community with 24/7 access!
The main purpose of The CIRCLE is to support, guide, and push you as you continually grow and sustain your Outdoor Classroom by providing the tools to help you set the right goals, then actually follow through on achieving those goals with the support of our community.

The Circle Membership


Guidance & Support from Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.

Connect with Victoria and our international community of educators in our two monthly LIVE Calls, Office Hours, and Private Facebook Community.


Begin your Journey with the Member Roadmap

Our practical and comprehensive program to help you plan, build and create a successful outdoor classroom. Access our suggested workshops and master classes.


Get Started with our Bootcamp

Learn the 5 Phases of Teaching Outdoors and use our Assessment tools as a guide. No more guessing or trying to do everything all at once, or not knowing where to begin.


Connect & Collaborate LIVE

A thriving community of educators is the heart of The CIRCLE and our LIVE Sessions is the place to get feedback, gain support and inspiration. A mix of beginners and experts makes for rich conversations.


Immediate Access to our Full Training Archive

As soon as you join, gain access to 40+ one-hour Nature-Based Workshops, and our exclusive Seasonal Masterclasses that are deep dives on a range of specific topics. Participation Certificates are included.

Access to the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp and Four Seasonal Masterclasses are provided to members, and these courses can be applied toward the Outdoor Classroom Teacher Certification Program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisites for joining The CIRCLE?

The CIRCLE membership community is designed to meet you where you are, even if you haven’t started your outdoor classroom yet. Our Membership Roadmap begins with our Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp which introduces the 5 Phases of Teaching Outdoors. The Bootcamp also includes many of our assessment tools which act as a guide in knowing exactly what outdoor teaching phase you’ll be starting in. The CIRCLE has no beginning and no end; therefore, as educators, we will be constantly evolving within each of the Outdoor Teaching phases.

I'm at square one with my outdoor classroom, is The CIRCLE right for me?

Absolutely – The CIRCLE covers every stage of planning, creating, and growing your Outdoor Classroom – from the very start where you just have a “seed” of an idea and nothing more. In fact, now is the perfect time for you to join The CIRCLE; as not only do we have trainings that will take you through every step, but you’ll also be able to get support and advice from within the community too, to help you through your journey.

I already have an outdoor classroom that is doing well, what can The CIRCLE do for me?

Assuming you want to keep growing your Outdoor Classroom then The CIRCLE can help you with fine-tuning your 5 Phases for Teaching Outdoors: Infrastructure, Get Outdoors, Teaching & Learning Outdoors, Weather, and Sustainability; as well as supporting you with working towards your future goals. This is certainly not a “beginner only” community – far from it! We’ve helped educators from all over the world grow their Teaching Gardens, so there’s plenty of expertise to offer that you’re sure to benefit from in your continued growth. Plus it’s more fun to do this work in a community of like-minded educators!

Is all the content available straight away or is it time-released?

BOTH! You get access to everything already inside The CIRCLE straight away! No waiting for content to be released to you, just jump in and start making use of the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp, entire nature-based workshop and master class library straight away. Each month, you will receive a NEW Member Mission and Links to two LIVE Sessions. All LIVE Sessions are recorded.

When does the program begin? Is there a schedule?

Enrollment for The CIRCLE membership community is open. You will receive your enrollment confirmation within 30 minutes. The dates and links for the monthly LIVE Sessions are sent to you in our weekly CIRCLE News. A schedule is available in the membership portal. Otherwise, you have full access to the membership 24/7.

I'm really busy. How much time does this program take?

You will get out of this membership what you put into it. You do you. Some days you may have an hour, some days you may have 10 minutes, and others you may have no time at all. You might have a crazy-busy day and not get to any of it. Nobody’s keeping track of how much time you’re in the private portal. If you are pressed for time, my recommendation is to show up for the scheduled LIVE sessions when you can, check in with the private Facebook community, and set goals for the rest. The best part of the membership is the community and as long as you’re a member, you have access to all our resources!

Is there a penalty for canceling?

You are free to cancel your membership at any time, and you will retain access to the membership until your current payment period is complete.

While there is no financial penalty for canceling, we do not provide refunds nor do we prorate any uncompleted time in the program. You must cancel at least 3 business days before your auto payment is charged, or you will be charged for an additional month of the program. Please note: Once you cancel your membership, the price of the membership may increase over time. You will not be able to rejoin the program at your previous Member Rate.

What if I can't make the live sessions?

While we encourage you to attend the LIVE sessions when your schedule allows, live attendance is not a requirement for success in our membership. Each live session will be recorded, and the recordings will be posted in the course portal by 5 pm the following business day.

I’ve been teaching outdoors for years, is the CIRCLE right for me?

YES! We have educators in all phases of their outdoor teaching journey. They include, authors, Ph.D students, researchers, and leaders in the field. As a community of like-minded educators, we believe by working together we can help change the face of education for children.