On-Site Trainings, Workshops & Retreats
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Ben Franklin
Outdoor Classrooms provides a wide variety of workshops and courses to educators and parents who are dedicated to helping children play, learn and grow outdoors. Each one provides a hands-on indoor-outdoor experience that gives you the tools, resources and new ideas to elevate your outdoor curriculum.
Any of the trainings and workshops listed below can be mixed, matched and tailored to fit your program needs.
All workshops and courses are led by Victoria. She blends theoretical information 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 brings a profound knowledge and 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.
NOTE: Part of these workshops and courses are designed to take place outdoors. Teachers should be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear.
Explore Nature In Winter
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.
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.
Teach in the Dirt: STEAM Outdoors
Teach STEAM Outside! Learn how to reconnect children with nature and explore how science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities can be cultivated into the outdoor classroom. This jam-packed, interactive workshop offers hands-on, minds-on ideas, resources, and playful learning, as well as Nature-Based children’s books that inspire STEAM Outdoors.
Teaching Literacy Outdoors / Outdoors, Literally
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.
4 Types of Gardens: How to Make and Cultivate an Outdoor Classroom:
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!
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Explore the Natural World with Infants and Toddlers
Do you find it challenging to find age-appropriate outdoor activities for infants and toddlers? In this workshop, you’ll discover how a well-designed outdoor space can inspire infants and toddlers to become scientists, mathematicians, and artists and how nurturing children’s interest in Nature benefits them for the rest of their lives.
“Pop Up” Nature Based Curriculum using Loose Parts
If you’re not sure what to do with the kids once you get outdoors or if you’re looking for ways to bring the outdoors inside, this workshop will show you how to instantly create a “pop up” outdoor classroom curriculum. Discover how to use sticks, stones, feathers and shells as curriculum tools, and explore a wide range of activities in different curriculum areas. This jam-packed workshop offers hands-on-mind on ideas, resources, and playful learning.
The Wonders of the Little Free Library
What is a Little Free Library? It’s a free “take a book-leave a book” exchange you can add to your Outdoor Classroom. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build a literacy-friendly Outdoor Classroom community. Your Little Free Library is sure to be one of your best garden installations ever! Join the movement and celebrate nature-based literacy outdoors.
Teaching Math Outdoors
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.
The Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab Retreats:
- Connect with Natural Teachers
- Play in the Four Types of Gardens
- Build community while playfully learning
What teachers are saying:
“I was thrilled to take part in a workshop in your outdoor classroom learning lab. Each corner had an interest area that sparked my curiosity, engaged my love of nature, or called to me to manipulate the natural materials. I am inspired to recreate a miniature garden for classroom fairies. Your use of nature to make tree faces was so fun. My classroom of pre-schoolers will be as excited as I was to create their own 3 D portraits. Thank you for sharing this outdoor classroom treasure.” Arlene K. – pre-school teacher
Read what teachers, students, and other workshop participants are saying about Outdoor-Classrooms’ sessions…
“I absolutely loved your workshop today at the Day School. My co-teacher and I will implement so many of your ideas right away. The 2 hours flew and were so upbeat and helpful. I have been teaching over 30 years and most of your ideas were new to me. Thank you!” — Anne
“Tuesday’s workshop was amazing. We all loved it and you shared so many great ideas! We have already ordered items to create our kits and backpacks. Thank you so much. We are all energized! You are very good at what you do!” — Edie, Cabot After-School Program
“Thanks so much for a great workshop!!! So helpful and encouraging in helping our children learn to love nature as much as we do!! The Yellow Room teachers actually went out and did the rest of their planning time in the playground! I will let parents know about your website and our very beneficial workshop today. Thanks again!” — Grace, Christ Church Parish Day School
“I just visited a preschool program in Georgetown and one of the teachers was excited to show me the “outdoor” classroom she set up as a result of participating in the workshop you provided at NECC last spring!” — Gail/Northern Essex Community College
“The enthusiasm that the material was presented with really helped me get engaged and interested. Thanks so much.” — NSCC Student
“She did an amazing job. I would love to take more classes with her in the future.” — NSCC Student
“What a great presenter!!” — Pathways for Children administrator
“Even though this class was a requirement, I would have taken it just for fun because Victoria is such a good teacher. I loved her class and her sensitive positive energy and motivation.” — NSCC Student
“So energized and helpful!” — NSCC Student
“She is awesome. She is easy to talk to and is extremely understanding. She helps when you need help, is always there to listen and gives great advice. I can tell she really care about us a lot. It makes me want to learn more.” — NSCC Student
“Victoria is an amazing and dedicated teacher. SO happy I took her class!!!” — NSCC Student