Great Minds Think Outside


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Launched in 2015, Great Minds Think Outside is a bilingual, hands-on, curriculum-linked, outdoor professional development program that gives educators the skills and resources they need to teach their students outside-whatever the subject matter! Great Minds feeds creativity, improves well-being, stimulates appreciation for nature and encourages environmental stewardship through innovative outdoor learning. By offering the sessions in a daily work environment, educators discover the possibilities of teaching in their own schoolyard.

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Great Minds Think Outside professional learning sessions usually take place on school grounds during a PD day. Virtual half-day and introductory sessions are now available to schools outside of New Brunswick! In-person sessions take place entirely outdoors, while the highly interactive virtual sessions get everyone out of their seats and include a component of self-guided outdoor learning. The program is extremely flexible, and we will tailor the session to the schools’ needs and interests, including age group, subject matter, and according to the greenspaces the school has access to, and for the number of teachers present.

After a session, the teachers will have learned fundamental techniques for success in maintaining focus and interest in their subject matter in the outdoor environment, practice with some activities relevant to their curriculum, access to 40 NB-specific activities, plus referrals to free online banks of searchable and educator-tested lesson plans for future use. Learn more:
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