Build an Outdoor Learning Community in Your Own School

HBF Schoolyard ClassroomsThis new week-long workshop builds on the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s successful Schoolyards as Classrooms Project, which trains teachers in how to provide direct experience for their students outside on their school grounds. The project engages students in outdoor activities in a range of ways, from meaningful 10 minute mini-lessons to a complete issue investigation leading to a student action project.

WHO: Open to all Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia teachers.

WHERE: The Alice Ferguson Foundation, Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center

WHEN: July 8-12, 2013. Class hours are 8 AM to 4 PM daily, with extended day on Wednesday.
Overnight bunkroom accommodations are available. (See for information on our facilities)

COST: Free to all teachers. Funding is available for follow-up school action projects.

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For more information please contact Libby Campbell at: [email protected]

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In this institute teachers will learn how to:

  • Find, create, and utilize outdoor learning spaces in your school yard for hands-on, place-based lessons.
  • Be a mentor for your fellow teachers by training others to use the outdoors as a teaching context
  • Adapt your curriculum to include engaging outdoor experiences for all grade levels and subject areas, correlating with STEM, E-Lit, Common Core and NGSS.
  • Overcome obstacles to teaching students outside by engaging your administration, maintenance staff, and community in outdoor projects at your school.

By attending this institute teachers will:

  • Receive three MSDE credits (after completing fall follow-up activities in your school)
  • Become a trained Project WET facilitator
  • Be eligible for funding and support to complete fall action projects at your school

Participants are expected to:

  • Come with enthusiasm for, and interest in, outdoor learning for their students.
  • Help develop a “Train the Trainer” manual to guide teachers through the process of infusing outdoor education at other schools.
  • Conduct at least one Project WET training at their school in SY2013-14.
  • Leave with new ideas, solutions, and a network of support.
  • Develop an action project at the institute to be completed with students in the fall of SY 2013-14 (funding available).

07/08/2013 - 07/12/2013
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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