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 Thursday 19 May and Thursday 3 November 2022!

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 19 May and Thursday 3 November 2022.

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.

COVID-19 and Nature

As the coronavirus crisis continues, children around the world are spending more time indoors and in front of screens. Our community of teachers and parents are concerned about the impact this is having on children’s wellbeing.

Fortunately for Australian children, our restrictions are much less harsh than those of other countries. Still, with conditions and updates changing every day, life now looks quite different from how it has in the past.

Connecting to nature can restore our sense of wellbeing. For children, this connection is best made through play – whether outdoors in nature or indoors with natural elements.

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 SEMBLE and supported by Unilever’s Dirt is Good brands. Nature 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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A refreshing splash in the creek topped off a wonderful Outdoor Classroom Day for Treetops - A Montessori and International Baccalaureate School 💚 ... See MoreSee Less

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Exploring and discovering the outdoors, St Thomas' Primary School, Claremont spent a day of wonder outside for Outdoor Classroom Day! Thank you for sharing your story with us. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

Exploring and discovering the outdoors, St Thomas Primary School, Claremont spent a day of wonder outside for Outdoor Classroom Day! Thank you for sharing your story with us. 👍Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

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South Padbury Primary School spent a packed day outside for Outdoor Classroom Day creating citrus sensory mobiles, taking part in science experiments, debating, leaf art, map making, nature walks, word finding, scavenger hunts and much more! ... See MoreSee Less

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Water play to keep cool on a warm day - the ideal way to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day! Thank you Sagewood Early Learning Canning Vale for sharing with us. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nature sculptures with clay, flowers and twigs at Parkside Early Learning Centre saw a creative (and messy!) Outdoor Classroom Day celebration! We love this! ... See MoreSee Less

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Maths and Science in the great outdoors was the order of the day for Redland District Special School - what a wonderful opportunity to take STEM learning outside! ... See MoreSee Less

Maths and Science in the great outdoors was the order of the day for Redland District Special School - what a wonderful opportunity to take STEM learning outside!Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Every class at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School Calista spent Outdoor Classroom Day learning and playing outdoors! The joy eveident on students' faces tells such a vivid story ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Every class at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School Calista spent Outdoor Classroom Day learning and playing outdoors! The joy eveident on students faces tells such a vivid story ❤️Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

What an incredible "classroom" Encounter Lutheran College have to explore and learn in! We love seeing students of all ages experiencing the benefits of taking learning outdoors. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

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