Thursday 7 September 2017 will mark Outdoor Classroom Day and the first time the Centennial Parklands education team will be involved in an international campaign aimed at getting millions of children around the world learning and playing outside.
Over the years, thousands of students have benefited from the Parklands’ expertise in developing curriculum-based programs into exciting, real world, transformative, nature-based educational opportunities… this special outdoor day will create a new chance for hundreds more to get involved.
What is Outdoor Classroom Day?
Outdoor Classroom day was launched in the UK by ‘Project Dirt’ as part of a national response to getting students to become more active and engaged learners. The initiative also focussed on using the outdoor experience to help children develop a better understanding of local and natural environments.
For some schools, Outdoor Classroom Day is an opportunity to try learning outside for the first time. For outdoor learning pros, the day will be a celebration of what they are already doing well and a chance to learn more still. Find out more about Outdoor Classroom day here.
Can your school be a part of it?
Yes, you can! Centennial Parklands will be running a program for around 300 Sydney schools during the day on the 7 September 2017. Activities will include moments of nature play as well as innovative outdoor learning activities that cleverly incorporate Maths, English, Creative Arts, Science and Geography – all led by the Parklands’ experienced outdoor educators.
After school, there will be a teacher’s professional development event where teachers will have the chance to take a sneak peek at the newly developed Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden in Centennial Park. A site that we hope and anticipate will be an amazing learning resource for children throughout Sydney for years to come.
The event will also include a presentation from outdoor learning expert Dr. Amanda Lloyd as well as some fun practical activities.
If you are a teacher and would like to be a part of the day and/or the afternoon teachers session, be sure to register here.