Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge

Getting students outside through the school year

Educators told us they’re ready to up the ante on outdoor time and we listened. Teachers, principals and educators have been telling us that they are ready to make a more significant commitment on outdoor time during the school year, beyond Take Me Outside Day, but want resource support and a shared community to help stay the course.

Based on feedback from educators across the country, we are adding to Take Me Outside Day a school-year initiative that will encourage weekly outdoor time.  For the 2019/20 school year we are launching the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge to encourage and support educators across Canada to take students outside for play and learning once a week from October to June.

We have designed the Learning Challenge to be simple and fun with tangible tools to help achieve success. We hope to foster a community where teachers and administrators can share their stories and ideas with the intention of inspiring others to follow.

We need to change the pattern and turn the tide on indoor, sedentary, screen-based tendencies now so prevalent in our lives. Teachers have the power to catalyze a paradigm shift that can instill a life-long love of the outdoors. Many already understand the need for that and the role they play with their students, but may not have the framework and peer support to move forward with that agenda. The Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge offers educators an approach that has the potential to re-shape teaching practices for the long term. Please join us in the launch of this exciting program.

This program will launch at the start of the 2019/20 school year.