Once children and their teachers are outdoors, another amazing thing happens: educators can readily access strategies for teaching to the whole child. Children learn and develop best when they gain skills holistically, rather than in discrete subject areas or domains.

When allowed to engage in a personally meaningful exploration of the world around them, children are able to develop skills and understanding of many areas at the same time. This is why learning with nature is such a powerful motivator for skill development.


Perhaps the most exciting aspect of education in outdoor classrooms is the enthusiasm children demonstrate for learning. The natural world inspires children to see the intrigue and purpose of true learning, so they will want to explore, experiment, and through these activities develop new skills and interests.

Without a doubt, this type of empowered learning is the goal of every dedicated teacher. Bringing more connections to the natural world into children’s daily lives can help make this goal an attainable reality.

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