Take Me Outside Day | October 23, 2019
Thank you to everyone that helped make Take Me Outside Day 2019 our best and biggest ever! We had well over 200,000 students from across Canada outside on October 23rd. Less important but still pretty cool – we trended on Twitter for most of the day. Thank you for helping to raise awareness about the importance of outdoor learning and students spending more time outside! Check out our slideshow of TMO Day highlights set to music from environmental educator and songwriter Remy Rodden. This is his exclusive first single from his new album Think About The Wild. More about Remy and lyrics and chords for this song can be found here.
It’s time to get outside Canada! We are a nation known for outdoor pursuits and having one of the best backyards in the world, but the reality is we are spending less and less time outside, including younger generations. That’s concerning on so many levels, not least because it’s taking a toll on our health and well-being.
Take Me Outside Day is a reminder to do just that. It’s an invitation to schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk and engage with school grounds and natural areas. This year, Take Me Outside Day will take place on October 23rd.
Since inception 9 years ago, more than 1 million students have participated in Take Me Outside Day. We hope to double our numbers in the next three years!
How To Be Involved With Take Me Outside Day
We always want Take Me Outside Day to be safe – check out Adventure Smart for tips!
We also want to keep it simple and fun, here are a few things you can do:
1. Get Outside!
Commit to spending at least 1 hour outside with your class on October 23rd. Ideally, it’s during class time, but outside recesses and lunches seem to be dwindling, so anything goes!
2. Count Yourself In!
We want to make sure your numbers are counted. Confirm your participation by filling in our super quick form.
3. Share your stories!
Visit our Facebook page or Twitter and post pictures or stories of what you’re going to do on that day using the hashtag #TakeMeOutsideDay. As well, we’d love for you to post some pictures and stories after the fact. Where did you go? What did you do? Who was involved? How much fun did you have? Tell your story and share it with other schools across the country! If Facebook isn’t your thing, no problem, you can still e-mail us those pictures and stories and we’ll post a selection of your adventures.
4. Get Creative!
Each year, hundreds of schools across the country embrace Take Me Outside Day and made it their own. If you want to organize something unique for your school, go for it! The doors are wide open for how you spend your time outside. And remember, there’s no time limit, some schools last year spent a whole morning or afternoon outside doing activities! We’d love to hear about whatever you do, so let us know.
5. Spread the Word!
We need everyone’s help to spread the word far and wide. We would really appreciate it if you passed along the downloadable poster and info about Take Me Outside Day to other education contacts you have. And, if you have connections to media, this is a great opportunity to have the local newspaper or TV station come out to cover the story. This is an important issue with the increasing rates of obesity, diabetes and generally poorer health that is resulting from sedentary lifestyles. Help us raise awareness about the importance of being outside and have lots of fun doing it!
Why the end of October?
In 2011, Colin Harris, founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside ran over 7,600 kilometres (the equivalent of 181 marathons!) from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC. Along the way, he visited 80 schools and met with almost 20,000 students, talking about the importance of finding balance between the amount of time they spend outside and the time they are spending in front of screens. The final day of his cross Canada run was in late October. To celebrate the end of his mega-run and to continue the momentum of awareness raising on this important issue, Take Me Outside Day was established. It is a day to highlight the importance of unplugging and spending time outside, being active and connecting with nature. It’s also a time to play and have fun in the fresh air. We hope you’ll join us.