The Council of Outdoor Learning (CoOL) is an initiative of the Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) that focuses on the design, development, use, and sustainability of outdoor learning environments on school campuses. CoOL provides tips and techniques for those who want to create outdoor classrooms or learning stations, hosts an annual symposium to share resources and strategies for teaching outdoors, curates a collection of outdoor learning activities that are integrated with state standards, and provides professional learning workshops, resources and webinars for teachers and non-formal educators.
Outdoor Learning in the time of COVID
This slideshow, originally presented by EEA Board member Korri Ellis and EEA exec director Karan Wood at a Georgia Science Teachers Association mini-conference, provides an overview of options that outdoor learning offers for schools seeking safe solutions for re-opening.
Outdoor Learning as a Key Strategy for Reopening Schools Safely
EEA was one of several statewide environmental education organizations that collaborated on a document to highlight the value of outdoor learning as a strategy that can reduce the spread of covid while enhancing opportunities for more-equitable face-to-face instruction. Whenever school districts decide it is safe to reopen, we encourage administrators and teachers to explore ways to engage students in learning outdoors.
TOOLKIT for EE Providers on Partnering with Schools for Reopening
EEA has prepared this Toolkit to assist environmental ed providers and non-profit organizations, including nature centers, parks, zoos, aquaria, and local, state or federal agencies, in re-imagining how they can partner with school districts to help reopen schools safely and equitably.
TOOLKIT for Schools on Implementing Outdoor Learning
EEA has created this resource for schools and districts interested in exploring outdoor learning as a way to reduce risks and increase engagement in re-opened schools observing distancing and sanitation protocols that limit hands on activities in a classroom setting.
Green Schoolyard Report on Outdoor Learning in the Time of Covid
This report by BEETLES, Ten Strands, Lawrence Hall of Science and the Green Schoolyards and Children and Nature Network is intended to highlight strategies by which environmental education providers can partner with districts to reopen schools safely.