School Forest

How to Teach Outside

Slide show of various Minnesota School Forests. This slideshow requires the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

Working with students outside can be rewarding and exciting. You can plan an outdoor lesson just as you would a classroom activity, but there will be some things that you won't encounter in the classroom. Use the tips in this section to help you become more prepared and succeed in your outdoor classroom. The more you use your School Forest, the more comfortable you'll become.

Logo for School ForestGetting Started »

Your First School Forest Visit »

Outdoor Teaching Tips »

Engaging Other Teachers »

Organizing a Tree Planting Day »


Additional resources:

Research »
Outdoor education

Taking FOSS Outdoors Folio »
A general guide that answers many questions on how to take students outdoors for learning.

Science in the Schoolyard Video »

A production by the Boston Schoolyard Initiative which provides guidelines and shows teachers using them in real situations with students.