Take Me Outside Day: A Celebration of Outdoor Learning
Are you IN to get OUT from October 16th to 20th, 2023?
Take Me Outside Day will on be Wednesday October 18th 2023, with a full week of fun happening along with it. Register below!
Take Me Outside Day has always been about simply making time to head outside and learn beyond the four walls of a classroom. But this year we want to celebrate in a way like never before! Click on the image above for helpful resources and activities that will make it easy for you to head outside with your learners and create beautiful art with the natural world. You can also click here: https://takemeoutside.ca/tmoday/2023resources/.
During the week of October 16th – 20th, head outside with your learners, and make your own version of nature art with found and foraged materials. Then, either email us the photos, or post it on social media with the hashtag #TakeMeOutsideDay. We can’t wait to see what you create. Then stay tuned as we create a giant collaborative mosaic out of the entries!
Engaging with nature and making art have many proven benefits for all ages. Explore the resources linked above to get started. Do you have any favourites to add? Let us know! And stay tuned for our comprehensive resource guide for TMO Week, full of activities connected to each of our three central themes (new this year!).
Take Me Outside Day helps to raise awareness about outdoor learning by encouraging educators to take their learners outside. The entire week is full of activities, speakers, and prizes to encourage folks to head beyond the four walls of a classroom (see below for more details)! With the help of our 70+ outdoor learning partners, there is something for all ages, grades, and subjects under the three central themes of Indigenous Perspectives & Knowledge, Health & Wellbeing, and Climate Change & Environmental Education.
Make sure to check out our online resource library, sign up for our free fall virtual workshop series with the Outdoor Learning Store, or explore the amazing offerings from our partner organizations below! By registering for the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge, you will also receive 20% off Take Me Outside educator apparel, 5% off at the Outdoor Learning Store, along with a chance to win many more prizes from TMO and our partners!
Register for Take Me Outside Day 2023
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Schedule of activities for Mon Oct 16th – Fri Oct 20th
Stay tuned! Register to stay updated as more announcements happen!
Monday October 16th
THEME: Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives
- 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET – Coming soon!
- 10am PT / 1pm ET – Sarah-Anne Tourond
- With organizational partner Strong Nations
Tuesday October 17th
THEME: Environmental and Climate Change Education
- 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET – Chúk Odenigbo
- In conversation with Jade Berrill, Director of Learning at the Outdoor Learning Store
- 10am PT / 1pm ET – Julian Victor
- In conversation with Jesse Hildebrand, VP of Education at Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Bonus event! 4pm PT / 7pm ET – Educator professional learning opportunity with Launa Purcell:
“Connecting Children to Nature through Indigenous Teachings”
Wednesday October 18th
THEME: TAKE ME OUTSIDE DAY!
- 10am PT / 1pm ET – Celebration with Remy Rodden!
Thursday October 19th
THEME: Health and Well-being
- 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET – Abigail Strate
- With organization partner PHE Canada
- 10am PT / 1pm ET – Elladj Baldé
- With Michelle Dawley from the Skate Global Foundation
- 5 x PHE Canada memberships (1 year)
Friday October 20th
THEME: Celebration & Day of Reflection
- Send in your nature art from this past week – we’ll be hard at work making a huge digital mosaic to showcase this amazing event!
- Use the hashtag #TakeMeOutsideDay or email us to celebrate and share everything from this past week!
Check out these two virtual pre-TMO Day workshops from last year to get you prepared for outdoor fun with your learners!
Tuesday October 11th: Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Education
Outdoor learning would not be possible without access to the natural world that has been stewarded since time immemorial by the many First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous peoples who have walked and continue to walk and steward these places on Turtle Island (North America). Facilitating learning on the land is in essence entering into a relationship with the land and with the peoples whose land you’re learning on. This workshop with Natural Curiosity and award-winning author David A Robertson will delve into this important topic, and is relevant for all educators taking learning outdoors.
Watch the recording:
Thursday October 13th: Learning Goes Outside: Getting Started
- Presented in partnership with Learning for a Sustainable Future and Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
At times, we all need a little extra inspiration and some fresh ideas to get started, regardless of whether outdoor learning is new to you or not. Join Pamela Gibson from Learning for a Sustainable Future and Stephanie Weinstein from the Invasive Species Council of BC on Oct 13th to hear from experts in the field (literally!), who can help you add meaning, intention, and community connections to your practice – all while meeting curriculum expectations. Come see how easy it can be!
Watch the recording:
If you’d like to get an idea of what is involved with Take Me Outside Day, you can check out the full recap of 2022 here, (including all the recordings from our speakers), or our summary video from 2021 below! Our organizational Impact Reports are also available here. And feel free to reach out if you have any further questions: email@example.com.
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 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.
Thank you to all of 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!
Still looking for more ways to support outdoor learning?