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Black History Month 2024

This Black History Month, let's honour some of the incredible organizations and individuals dedicated to fostering outdoor experiences for Black communities: Jacqueline L. Scott is a passionate researcher and advocate for Black representation, access, and inclusion in outdoor spaces, and runs a platform across multiple outlets called Black Outdoors - "where race, nature and history meet". She is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, OISE, in the department of Social Justice Education, and is a fellow at the Safina Center. Her recent report and associated ...

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Here’s what the stars are saying… ✨

A message from TMO Executive Director, Colin Harris: I'll admit to feeling a lot of despair over the past year - from deadly conflicts in various parts of the world, to the continued political divisiveness closer to home, to what could be the hottest year on record for the planet in the past 125,000 years. It's sometimes difficult to find a sense of hope in this barrage of daily news. Years ago, when I was just starting this work with Take Me Outside, I came across this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Perhaps it's overly simplistic at some level, yet it contains a message ...

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Giving Tuesday 2023

It's that time again - the year is coming to a close, and we are reaching out to ask for your support. We have a great way for you to support Take Me Outside this Giving Tuesday on November 28th. Every donation gives you a chance to win! Each donation of $10 or more counts as an entry, with multiples beyond that = more chances! $20 = 2 entries, $50 = 5 entries, and so on. ✨ PLUS everyone who participates will receive a special 20% discount to spend at the our social enterprise store (whether you're a draw winner or not)! We'll be doing weekly giveaways for an entire ...

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Summer resources for getting outside

Featured image above from Janelle D. in B.C. Summer is in full swing! We wanted to share a few resources from our outdoor learning partners to ensure you have the most enjoyable, safe, and fun season you can while spending time outside. Whether you're camping, at the beach, in the park or your backyard - or anywhere else you enjoy! - we hope you're soaking up the season and all it has to offer us. The Child & Nature Alliance of Canada has great resources for beating the heat - check out their interactive resource "Thrive Outside" for more! Click on each photo below ...

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June 2023 Outdoor Learning Ideas

Image from Sussex Elementary School (@Sussex_Elem) on Twitter #TMO4LearningChallenge: Ideas for June! This is a portion of what we send to those participating in the #TMO4LearningChallenge each month! In this post, we’re passing on some of the ideas we share with our 4500+ Learning Challenge participants 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. If you ...

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Celebrating the Success of the 1st National Outdoor Learning Conference! #OLConference23

Words contributed by Jade Berrill, 2023 Conference Co-Organizer.  Nestled amidst enchanting forests of lodgepole and aspen, beneath majestic pillars of gray limestone, 450 delegates embarked on an immersive journey where the convergence of place and pedagogy unfolded at the National Outdoor Learning Conference. Spanning multiple days, the conference served as a transformative watershed, channeling three streams of learning: Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental and Climate Change Education. With 60 captivating outdoor workshops, ...

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May 2023 Outdoor Learning Ideas

Image from Mrs. Brown-Lloyd in Ontario #TMO4LearningChallenge: Activity Ideas from May! This is a portion of what we send to those participating in the #TMO4LearningChallenge each month! 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. If you try ...

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Earth Day 2023 with TMO 🌎 Nature Journaling

April 22nd: Earth Day 2023 📔✏️ We hope you're looking forward to celebrating Earth Day in your classroom, learning group, or family! This year, we wanted to focus on the practice of nature journaling, and give it a little sharable twist within our amazing community of outdoor educators and learners! Read on to learn more and a chance to win... The first official organized "Earth Day" began in 1970, and has grown immensely since its inception. There is no singular correct way to celebrate, and we hope you have the opportunity to head ...

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April 2023 Outdoor Learning Ideas

Image from Mrs. Brown-Lloyd in Ontario #TMO4LearningChallenge: Activity Ideas from April! New Season, New Resources🌱 This is a portion of what we send to those participating in the #TMO4LearningChallenge each month! 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 inspira...

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February & March 2023 Outdoor Learning Ideas

 #TMO4LearningChallenge: Activity Ideas from February & March! Spring is in the air and we have so many resources to share with you for the winding down of winter and the fresh start to spring! This is a portion of what we send to those participating in the #TMO4LearningChallenge each month! 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 ...

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