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Many schools have built gazebos and sun shelters for outdoor learning with enough seating to accommodate one or two classes at a time. Others use a wide variety of gardens, ponds, trees and wildlife habitat for hands-on learning. Some with little space on the ground have created rooftop gardens or adopted a local natural area for outdoor studies.

Please let us know about your school's outdoor classroom activities and we will post the details on the Sharing webpage to help other teachers learn about how to use school grounds projects for teaching the curriculum.

If you would like to share your lesson plans and ideas for teaching the curriculum on the school grounds with other teachers, please send them to us and we will post them on the Curriculum webpage.


Outdoor classroom activities

Type of outdoor classroom


Seating capacity


Grades learning outdoors


Subject/s taught outdoors


How have you taught the curriculum through hands-on work outdoors?


What specific activities have you engaged in that achieved the learning expectations of your provincial curriculum guidelines?


Teacher response to hands-on

learning outdoors


Students' response to hands-on learning outdoors


Parents' response to hands-on

Learning outdoors


Does your province and/or school board support hands-on outdoor classrooms?



Please mail outdoor classroom activities, lesson plans or ideas for teaching the curriculum on the school grounds to:

Canadian Biodiversity Institute
School Grounds Transformation Programme
Suite 322, 99 Fifth Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5P5

Or e-mail them to us at:


Please include:

  • your name
  • the name of your school
  • your school mailing address
  • your school phone number
  • your school fax number
  • your e-mail address

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