Outdoor Classrooms, Labs & Habitats

Studies have shown that integrating the curricula with hands-on learning opportunities creates top-performing students. Outdoor classrooms and living laboratories are the perfect forum to provide teaching and learning opportunities across many academic disciplines. From the simplest outdoor seating structure to multi-faceted schoolyard habitats, gardens, restoration areas, outdoor labs, weather stations and more, there are endless possibilities to create (and keep creating!) outdoor settings that are functional for teachers and engaging for students.

Tip: Be sure to also visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you to continue to improve the health and sustainability of your school indoors and out!

Students sitting in a camping circle

Before You Start

Design and Preparation



Using Your Project

Sharing Your Project

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