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. Whatever your training and development needs may be, Victoria is ready to work with you to provide training, facilitation, and consultation in a variety of outdoor learning areas.


Option 1Open Registration Workshops for Parents  & Educators: These 1-hour, 1.5 hours, or 2-hour online workshops are offered intermittently throughout the year via Zoom. Time, dates, and topics of the workshops vary. All workshops offer lifetime access and participation certificates. 

Our collection of online Workshops are either: 

  •  LIVE Workshops: Interactive and scheduled on a specific date and time using a Zoom Link.


  • PRE-RECORDED Workshops: Wherever you are in the world you can listen to or watch at a time & place to suit you.

Option 2: Customized Online Training: You pick the topic, date, time, and length of the workshop. Bring your staff and your program needs, and Victoria will ensure that everyone has a dynamic workshop experience and leaves feeling rejuvenated, excited about reconnecting children with Nature. 


Online Workshops

facilitated by Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.


Outdoor Classrooms provides a wide variety of workshops and training for early childhood teachers, out-of-school time educators, and parent groups who are dedicated to helping children play, learn and grow outdoors. Workshops provide hands-on indoor-outdoor experiences that offer tips, resources, and new ideas to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom and nature-based curriculum on a shoestring budget.


Did you make mud pies as a child? Did you spend hours mixing and creating recipes using dirt, water, flowers and pinecones?  

  • What if you could use mud as a teaching tool and eliminate all the worry about messy kids after playing in the mud?
  • What if there was an easy way to invite children to become scientists, cooks, entrepreneurs, and artists while playing with mud?
  • What if you had Mud Play activities at your fingertips? 

With a Mud Kitchen, you can stop saying “No!” and give your children the freedom to get dirty and explore without hesitation. And you get the pleasure of having happy, healthy children as a result! Take a peek inside the More than Mud Pies: Make a Mud Kitchen Master  Class with this 1-hour Mud Kitchen Madness workshop. OPEN LIVE Class: July  16, 2020,  10:30-11:30


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Let’s Grow Math Outdoors: The Workshop

Discover the many ways you can teach Math Outdoors using numbers, patterns, relations, shapes, spatial sense, measurement, data collection and more. This course, which is jam-packed with hands-on outdoor math activities, group challenges, and resources, shows you how to use math as a tool to interpret the world around us. * This course can be adapted for either Early Childhood or School Age teachers. 

Let’s Grow Literacy Outdoors: The Workshop

No matter what your outdoor space, you can develop a literacy-rich environment that is conducive to talking, listening, reading and writing. In this workshop, you’ll explore ways to use nature as inspiration for songs, rhymes, and stories, and create an engaging and meaningful context for children’s learning outdoors.

How to Make and Cultivate an Outdoor Classroom using The Four Types of Gardens

Liberate your inner gardener and learn how to plan and create a children’s garden that facilitates a love of plants, gardens, and the outdoors. Discover the 4 Types of Gardens and the impact they have on children’s development as you experiment with different ways to maintain and sustain your garden throughout the seasons. Come prepared for playful learning, growing, and teaching with fellow educators!

Create Outdoor Learning Spaces for Diverse Learners 

Explore how the physical environment invites a variety of teaching pedagogies, learning styles and trends. You’ll learn what kind of outdoor learning spaces actually support innovative education and how to improve your indoor/outdoor environments accordingly.

Plant a Victory Garden: The Time is Now

More than 20 million Victory Gardens were planted across the United States during WWII with more than 1 million tons of produce grown. Now is the time to plant a garden. Come learn the basics for planting a garden and take your first step toward growing your own food.

Explore Nature In Winter: The Workshop

Discover how to connect children with nature no matter the weather! Embrace the cold and the unique opportunities winter provides to explore nature and incorporate natural elements into your curriculum environment.