Take Me Outside Day | October 20, 2021
Take your students outside on October 20th 2021!
Take Me Outside Day aims to raise awareness about outdoor learning by encouraging teachers to take their students outside for 1 hour on October 20th.
This year will be the 11th annual Take Me Outside Day and we are kicking it up a notch! In partnership with Canada’s Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store and MEC, we are hosting a full week of speakers, activities and events that you can engage your students in throughout October 18-22. Deepen your connections with Indigenous perspectives, strengthen your health and well-being with outdoor learning, and increase your knowledge on climate change and the environment. With three different themes to focus on, this will be an educational and engaging week for students of all ages!
We encourage educators to individually register for TMO Day, rather than on behalf of their grade, school, or organization. The school with the most teachers participating will be entered into a draw to win a gift basket of awesome outdoor learning-related equipment and items!
Under the registration form you will find details outlining the presentations and events happening between Oct 18 – 22. Please sign up below and you will gain free access to the Zoom links and information for all events throughout the week! Recordings will also be available for those unable to attend live sessions.
REGISTER FOR TAKE ME OUTSIDE DAY 2021:
Here’s what’s going on during the week of Take Me Outside Day:
We encourage you to begin your time outside by acknowledging the land you are on to connect the presence and land stewardship of Indigenous people to the nature you and your students are spending time in. You can find further information on land/territory acknowledgements here.
Monday October 18 – Indigenous Knowledge
“All My Relations” (Grades 7-12)
Join Mi’kmaw speaker Carolynne Crawley as she discusses our connections to the land and how we can spend time learning on it. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us. For more information on Carolynne, please click here.
- When: 12:45pm – 1:45pm ET / 9:45am – 10:45am PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 864 3509 4936
“Mother Nature and the Earth” and “Taking Care of Our Mother Earth” Storytelling (Grades 1-6)
Join Mohawk speaker Gail Whitlow as she discusses the interconnectedness of all beings on earth and Mother Nature. Gail is the 13th Grandmother on the Turtle Island Council.” For more information on Gail, please click here.
Strong Nations Author Celestine Aleck follows as she tells the Coast Salish story of how each family played a traditional role in taking care of our Mother Earth. From controlled burning to ethical hunting and fishing practices, the Coast Salish people were, and still are, taught by their elders to respect Mother Earth. For more information on Celestine, please click here.
- When: 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET / 11:00am – 12:00 pm PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 857 8308 4113
“From Acknowledgement to Action: Connecting to the Land through Natural Curiosity for all educators”
This workshop by Natural Curiosity will help engage educators in some of the work around Indigenous Knowledge. Educators are encouraged to join this workshop to learn more about and engage in teaching through environmental inquiry, and consider the importance of Indigenous perspectives in environmental and all learning.
- When: 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET / 4:00pm – 5:00pm PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 857 9943 8480
For activities on the topic of Indigenous Knowledge, please click here!
Tuesday October 19 – Health and Wellbeing
Guided Yoga (Grades 3-6; Grades 7-12)
Get movin’ with guided yoga sessions led by Sarah Satya Caranci of Satya Studios. Sarah has been teaching youth yoga for over 14 years and her hope is to inspire young minds to work together in creating a peaceful world. For more information on Sarah, please click here.
Canadian Olympic Athlete Panel (All Grades)
Join a panel of 4-5 Canadian Olympic Athletes to discuss their connection with the outdoors and how it affects their physical and mental health. They will be answering student questions as well! To find out who will be joining this panel, click here.
- When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET / 10:00am – 11:00am PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 885 2516 2856
Great Minds Think Outside: Bring Your Students Outside – Any Age or Subject!
Gain the skills and confidence for teaching outdoors with New Brunswick Environmental Network! In this 2 hour session, educators will learn how to incorporate curriculum into outdoor learning year-round. Note that this is an interactive, discussion-
- When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET / 3:00pm – 5:00pm PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 880 9169 2684
For activities on the topic of Health and the Outdoors, click here!
Wednesday October 20 – Take Me Outside Day
Take your learning outdoors! We encourage educators to spend 1 hour outside with their students learning, playing, and inquiring about nature and the great outdoors! Share your impact with us and over 250,000 students going outside on Wednesday Oct 20 across the country: use our hashtag! #TakeMeOutsideDay
Environmental Sing Along (Grades 1-6)
Join Remy Rodden as our Musical Guest! Sing along to songs that emphasize our connection to nature, and the interconnectedness of all living things. For more information on Remy, click here.
- When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET / 10:00am – 11:00am PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 896 4676 0473
Thursday October 21 – Environmental and Climate Change Education
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jane Goodall (All Grades)
We’re excited to offer a live inspirational talk and Q&A with Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.
Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Through 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. For more information on Dr. Goodall, click here.
- When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET / 10:00am – 11:00am PT
- Where: Zoom Webinar ID: 825 3963 2121
Outdoor Activities with Green Learning
Click on the recorded activities below to engage students in Environmental and Climate Change Education leading up to TMO Day:
Speak for the Trees
Closing the Loop on Plastic
Water testing with Water Rangers
Water Rangers just launched they new Education Testkit which is specifically designed to help teachers become experts in water testing, while giving youth hands-on experiences by the water. Watch the demo on all the awesome things this water testing kit can help you do and get entered in a raffle to win an Education Testkit for your class worth over $550!
Professional Development with Learning for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability, Math and Outdoor Learning- Problem-solving for People and the Planet (gr. 5-9)
Join facilitators Catherine Everett & Ingrid Tamkin as they discuss the many opportunities that math holds for connecting to all facets of sustainability, as well as bringing your teaching & learning outdoors.
When: 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET / 4:00pm – 5:30pm PT
Where: Click here to sign up!
For activities on Environmental and Climate Change Education, click here!
Friday October 22
Teachers are encouraged to spend this day reflecting on the activities throughout the week that connected their class to the outdoors. Try journaling or show and tell activities with your students to get them to reflect on how outdoor learning impact them. For more activity ideas, click here!
Show us how your class participated in and reflected on TMO Day. Use our hashtag #TakeMeOutside and share your pictures, videos and stories with us!
To carry your commitment to outdoor learning forward, click here for our resources related to all our themes that can help!
To take part in any of these presentations, please sign up for Take Me Outside Day using the form above and you will be given free access to all events, all week.
*If you can’t participate in any of the events during the week of Take Me Outside Day or #TakeMeOutsideDay itself on October 20th, we would still love for you to engage in outdoor learning on your own time! If you sign up, you will gain access to the recordings of all events and speakers!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Outdoor Learning
We are committed to creating a future for outdoor learning where diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental and foundational pieces that illuminate the beauty and strength of our learning communities. We recognize, as individuals and as a collective, that not every school-aged child in Canada has equal opportunity to engage in outdoor learning at present. We also recognize that not all educators have equal opportunity or experience with taking learning outdoors, due to a wide variety of barriers. We envision a future where every school-aged child and every educator feels welcome learning outdoors.
Part of our commitment to this work in the realm of outdoor learning is to further support and educate our community on strategies to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into outdoor learning, and further into all educational practices.
We are developing a new section of our website here where you will find tools and resources to assist you in making sure your outdoor learning can address issues of race, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, accessibility needs, and other marginalized identities.
Check out all the schools across the country participating in TMO Day!
Thanks to our partners for their ongoing support
LEARN MORE ABOUT TAKE ME OUTSIDE DAY
A huge thanks to Grade 3/4 students at Richard Secord School for showing us why #TakeMeOutsideDay is so important – great work!