Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play! Join Nature Play and thousands of schools around Australia in taking learning and play outdoors, and by celebrating on and Thursday 18 May and Thursday 2 November 2023!

What is Outdoor Classroom Day?

The Outdoor Classroom Day movement is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. More than just one day, our aim is to get as many children as possible playing and learning outside, every day, with a celebration of outdoor learning and play on Thursday 18 May and Thursday 2 November 2023.

Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.  With increasing pressures on childhood, children today are too often overprotected, overscheduled, and overly attached to screens, which is why it’s more crucial than ever before to help get children outdoors.

Get Involved

It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do!

If you’re a teacher, educator or school administrator and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? Or, if you’re already involved in outdoor learning, use the day to celebrate what you do and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play. Ask them how they will get involved and offer to help out on the day if they need a bit of extra support.

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to us about how you can get involved.

We've got lesson plans, posters, inspiration, hints and tips - everything you need to celebrate taking part in the amazing Outdoor Classroom Day movement!  Find out more and sign up today at: www.outdoorclassroomday.com.au

Like and follow us on Facebook to find out all the latest news, and then share your Outdoor Classroom Day story with us!

Join Us!

The campaign is led globally by ActionFunderNature Play WA and our sister organisations are proudly leading the movement in Australia!  Play for today, prepared for tomorrow.

Sign up to Outdoor Classroom Day!

 

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Sounds are only for our ears… or are they? Challenge yourself to make a sound into something you can see. For this challenge, students will need to use their eyes and ears to recreate sounds they hear in different ways! This lesson is great for getting the creative juices flowing!

The lesson plan is designed for upper and lower primary, as is part of the My Outdoor Classroom Nature Passport, created by Nature Play WA with the support of Public education in Western Australia (lesson plan links in the comments)

#natureplaywa #outdoorclassroom #outdoorclassroomdayaustralia #learnoutdoors
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Sounds are only for our ears… or are they?  Challenge yourself to make a sound into something you can see.  For this challenge, students will need to use their eyes and ears to recreate sounds they hear in different ways!  This lesson is great for getting the creative juices flowing!

The lesson plan is designed for upper and lower primary, as is part of the My Outdoor Classroom Nature Passport, created by Nature Play WA with the support of Public education in Western Australia (lesson plan links in the comments)

#natureplaywa #outdoorclassroom #outdoorclassroomdayaustralia #learnoutdoors
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We Acknowledge
Nature Play WA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, as the custodians of the land where our team lives and works. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their land, waters, sky, culture and community. We pay our respect to all Indigenous people of this land; ancestors, elders and young ones.