Become a school forest

Program information


Resources: Engaging Other Teachers

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Individual teacher comfort outside is key for successful outdoor teaching/learning experiences. Teachers' hesitation toward teaching outside might be a result of many things:

photo: class outside working on assignment

Outside elements


What to do

Lack of administration support

Feel there isn't time

One of the biggest difference-makers is to be supportive and encouraging to other teachers. But the bottom line is understanding their biggest concerns and then thinking of solutions. Knowing what hinders or motivates teachers is the key to getting others to use the outdoors. Remember with all teaching strategies, some teachers will engage and others will not. Don't get discouraged. Feel free to contact School Forest staff for more ideas or strategies to help your school start teaching outside.

photo: students looking at example in the School ForestSome ideas to motivate others: