Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Outdoor environmental education is a brilliant way to engage students with hands-on science and ecological understanding that reinforces classroom learning.
Teachers and environmental educators alike can always benefit from adapting their teaching approaches, tools and methods to maximize learning in outdoor settings.
Check out our Top 10 Tips for Outdoor Environmental Teaching below! We hope you find them helpful!
Top Tip #1 Adopt a Dynamic Teaching Approach
Outdoor environmental educators adopt a dynamic and adaptable approach to teaching that flows with the natural setting. In other words, don't force it. Identify opportunities in nature to relate ecological concepts and ideas to.
Things outdoors rarely go quite to plan, so it's important to embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the surprises that nature throws your way!
Tip #2: Embrace Unpredictability
Teaching outdoors is unpredictable. If your environmental learning activity is interrupted by a foraging deer or a bird of prey spotted circling in the sky, make a valuable teachable moment out of it!
Living things in nature are always on the move, so don't worry if your lesson gets side-tracked. That's where the excitement of outdoor learning comes in - often the best outdoor teaching is off the cuff!