Outdoor Learning in a Nutshell

Teachers gather for an outdoor training with the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS).

Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 6:00pm to Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9:00am

Early childhood educators, check out this 12-hour course that pairs benefits of outdoor learning with strategies for implementation in your preschool, daycare, public or private school setting. As we move through the course, you will examine the physical spaces in your program (indoors and out) and explore ways to harness them for healthy outdoor play and learning. We will also identify ways that outdoor learning aligns with curriculum and discuss how to demonstrate the benefits to stakeholders such as fellow staff, administrators, maintenance crew, and parents. We will explore practical approaches to moving class outside and help your team transform teaching practices to confidently teach in outdoor settings. This includes considerations for sites in urban and rural settings, guidance on risk management, planning for diverse learner needs, and low- or no-cost options for materials. Taking cues from nature-based programs and forest schools, we will highlight resources and research throughout as models of outdoor learning. Participants will leave with strategies, tools, and a supportive network of colleagues to make outdoor learning a reality this fall! The format of this interactive course is a combination of facilitated discussion, work among a small cohort of teachers, and asynchronous independent learning experiences with a culminating project that you will be able to share with fellow teachers at your school. Guest presenters are included throughout the course to share diverse perspectives with attendees.

The format of this interactive course is a combination of facilitated discussion, work in a smaller cohort of teachers, and asynchronous independent learning experiences. This course includes 6 clock hours of virtual course time along with 6 clock hours live and in person at the Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207.

Who Should Attend?  

This course is ideal for teachers in preschool, childcare, and elementary school settings who want to move learning outside! 

*Thanks to PNC grant funding, this course is FREE to any Baltimore City early childhood educator or director working with children ages birth-5 years.

How to Register:

Register at www.erafans.org.