Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge 2022/23
Registration is now closed. We look forward to a year of outdoor learning with you!
The Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge is a commitment to ongoing outdoor learning throughout the school year, taking your learners outside at least once a week. Educators who sign up are provided with monthly professional development opportunities, resources, activity ideas and more to support you in this journey. Scroll down for more information and ways to get started, including a handy list of resources.
How To Get Involved
1. Join the challenge
Registration is now closed. But you can still head outdoors! And check out our resources below for inspiration.
Have you been participating in the 2022-23 school year challenge? Fill out the feedback form here!
2. Get outside every week!
Commit to spending at least 1 hour/week outside with your learners throughout the school year. It can be class time, extended recess, picnic lunches, field trips, or all of the above. You know what works best for you. Need ideas? Click here or scroll down!
Did you know? By signing up for the Learning Challenge, you are automatically signed up for our annual Take Me Outside Day, on October 19th, 2022! This was the 12th year of #TakeMeOutsideDay and we celebrated with a whole week of events, speakers, and outdoor activities, alongside two special pro-d workshops on October 11th and 13th. Check out all the recordings here.
3. Share your stories and experiences
We have created a Facebook Group where you can exchange ideas, share experiences, and see what other teachers are doing – feel free to join in and make it your own (Francophone or Francophile? Communauté d’apprentissage en plein air est là)! We will also be highlighting outdoor learning experiences and stories from the field and ask you to tag our social media accounts and use the #TMO4LearningChallenge. Our goal is to have platforms be beneficial to teachers in sharing resources and best practices. If social media is not your thing, no problem, you can still email us those pictures and stories and we will keep our website updated.
4. Spread the Word
We need everyone’s help! Invite your colleagues, download and share the Learning Challenge poster, or share publicly through your social media accounts. Let’s work together to spend a cumulative 2 million hours outside learning in the 2022/23 school year.
This year, we’re adding an exciting community of practice component for our group of Learning Challenge educators so participants can interact, engage with and learn from other teachers across Canada who are also committed to outdoor learning. In 2021 we welcomed 6700 educators to the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge and are excited to encourage your commitment to outdoor learning across North America for the 2022/23 school year!
- Catch up on previous monthly mail outs for activities, resources, and upcoming pro-d: Sept 2022; TMO Day 2022 (Oct); Nov 2022; Dec 2022; Jan 2023; Feb 2023; Mar 2023; Apr 2023; May 2023;
- Check out our pro-d workshops to build your skills and knowledge surrounding outdoor learning
- Take Me Outside Resource Directory
- Activities inspired by TMO Day, Oct 18th-22nd 2021
- CBEEN resources
- Indigenous-focused resources from our friends at the Outdoor Learning Store
- Looking for a document aimed to help teachers get started in preparing to take their students outside? Check out the COEO Outdoor Learning Tips and Resources found here. A French version is also available here.
- TMO Impact Reports
We are really excited to be able to offer some incredible prizes for educators who participate in the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge! Two grand prize winners will be chosen at the end of the challenge: One lucky winner will win a 4 day trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, and another will receive $500 to spend at the Outdoor Learning Store! Many thanks to the Banff Lodging Company and Pacific Foundation for Understanding Nature Society (Pac FUNS) for their generous donations towards the prizes. Click here to learn more.
WHAT EDUCATORS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE TAKE ME OUTSIDE FOR LEARNING CHALLENGE
“One of my students recently wrote a persuasive letter as part of an assignment, and for their topic they chose ‘why we should have more outdoor learning’.”
“I love it because it is a space where all can succeed, regardless of ability, language or experience.”
“Students benefited so much! Here are the ways: self-regulation and understanding how nature can be calming, sense of wonder and connection to big ideas, movement and understanding the concept of space, loving nature in its patterns of weather and seasons, observation and awakening all the senses, sharing the experience with others!”
“I always notice full engagement when we take learning outdoors.”
Thanks to our Partners & Allies for supporting the Learning Challenge & the work of Take Me Outside