#TMO4LearningChallenge: Activity Ideas for December!
In this post, we’re passing on some of the ideas we share with our 4500+ Learning Challenge participants each month to support their commitment of weekly outdoor learning. For those who are not a part of this challenge, you can still have access to these outdoor learning ideas through our blog posts! We hope they also equip you with inspiration for your time outside. Let the fun, celebration, and connection to the earth begin! If you try one of these ideas we would love to hear how it went! Please email us ...
The 2022-23 Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge is officially underway!
If you happen to be one of the 4,500+ educators who has committed to a full school year of weekly outdoor and land-based learning we offer our utmost gratitude to you! In this post, we're passing on some of the ideas we share with Learning Challenge participants each month to support their commitment of weekly outdoor learning. We hope they also equip you with inspiration for your time outside. Let the fun, celebration, and connection to the earth begin! We believe in sharing good news stories, ...
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2022 Student Video Contest! This year's entries really showcased the diversity of the country's people and landscapes, and we are thrilled to be able to share these works with our audience. There are so many ways to spend time outside, and these short films will certainly inspire you to go explore your own backyard!
A huge congrats to students from Campus Regina Public in Regina, Saskatchewan for being the Grand Prize winners of the Take Me Outside Student Video Contest, in partnership with MEC and the Banff Mountain Film and Book ...
The NES Wild program began in 2021 with grade 4 students from Nakoda Elementary, located in Mînî Thnî, Alberta, to help get them outside. Every afternoon, educators linked and Indigenized curriculum so students could embrace the land and their connection to it. Take Me Outside partnered with this program to create this short film to help inspire and show other educators what is possible when both teachers and administration are committed to students learning outside. This project was generously supported by the Pauw Foundation.
One of our teacher participants from the 2021-22 Learning Challenge sent us a link to her blog, and we wanted to share it as registrations open for the upcoming fourth year of the Challenge! Have you signed up yet to join in?
Mrs. Wardlow's kindergarten class uses the local green space in a nearby park for their weekly outdoor learning time. You can check out all their adventures and get some great activity ideas by checking out her blog where she documents all the fun!
Near the end of the 2021-22 school year, she wrote about how her class got involved to advocate ...
Launched during the 2019/20 school year, the Take Me Outside Learning Challenge has grown to encompass participation in almost every province and territory across the country. The goal is simple: encourage educators to implement outdoor learning with their students once per week from September to June. Ultimately the Learning Challenge works to extend the impact of Take Me Outside Day by offering tools & resources for building a community of educators committed to taking their classroom beyond four walls and relishing in the positive impacts of outdoor learning. Below ...
People often think that taking your kids hiking is a choice. You either go hiking, or you don’t.
But that isn’t true.
There are barriers to exploring new places and these barriers can make families feel like hiking is not something that their family “can do”. Significant barriers include not knowing enough about hiking, thinking that hiking is something that must be difficult, and not knowing enough about an area to spend the time discovering the new place.
A new app and community created by two moms, Annika Mang and Jess Sproat, called TrailCollectiv is ...
Cover photo by Chelsea Gray
I am absolutely thrilled to join the TMO team! I started my career in outdoor education during my first summer job (scooping ice-cream), growing up in the rolling hills and rural roads of Ontario. While on break, I would go for walks with friends and family at the resort. Being an avid nature lover and growing up in a family that supported my love of the outdoors, I was often asked questions about the flora and fauna – the resort saw this and created a new position for me guiding nature walks for families. Fast forward five years and ...
"It became part of our daily routine. Every single day we got outside for meaningful leaning opportunities. It became more than what we did. It was who we were. My kids craved it and loved it. It changed all of us" - Primary teacher, Alberta
Another school year is finishing up, and we are once again bringing the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge to a close.
If this is your first time hearing about it: the TMO for Learning Challenge is a commitment to ongoing outdoor learning throughout the school year, which involves taking your learners outside at least once a ...
On Saturday June 4th, a group of educators got together for "A Day in the Woods", and it was fantastic to spend time in-person again, connecting outdoors, sharing, and learning. The event was hosted in beautiful Revelstoke, BC, in partnership with the Outdoor Learning Store and CBEEN, and supported by the Columbia Basin Trust. Even the rain even held out for us all day!
We started the day with introductions, welcomes, and delicious snacks from Alison at Blue House Lunchbox. And then of course we went outside! Jade Harvey-Berrill, Outreach and Events Manager for the ...