2017-2018 Take Me Outside Days

Fall: Wednesday, October 25 (coincides with the National event)
Winter: Thursday, February 22
Spring: Thursday, April 26

Are you in or are you out? Join students and teachers from across the Kootenay-Boundary Learning Region (School Districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20, 51) and take your learning outside for at least one hour during the Fall, Winter and Spring Take Me Outside Days. This event is coordinated by the Kootenay Boundary Chapter of the British Columbia School Superintendents Association (KBBCSSA) through their Environmental Education Initiative. Their goal is to support students’ understanding of their local environment, and empowerment of thoughtful action, through outdoor, experiential, place-based and place-conscious learning. We hope that these events support teachers in making outdoor and environmental learning a part of their regular routine.

TO PARTICIPATE

  1. Confirm your class or school participation: Registration link coming soon! 
  2. Check out ideas and resources for taking your learning outside below
  3. Get Outside for at least one hour
  4. Submit a brief story and photo here: http://cbeen.ca/outside-story

ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR GETTING OUTSIDE

Browse and download lessons, copy sheets and more! Resources are listed under the 5 main categories below and are also searchable in the resource database.

Energy, Atmosphere and Climate

Earth, Ecosystems and Ecology

Plants, Animals and Habitats

Water, Wetlands and Watersheds

Outdoors, Projects and Places

Teacher Tips and Tricks

Research: Daily doses of connecting our students to the outdoors & nature are key to their academic, social, emotional and physical success. For research on the benefits of connecting students to nature & the outdoors go to: https://www.childrenandnature.org/research-library/.

Impacts: A report was just published by Stanford University on the impacts of environmental education for K-12 students. This includes a higher aptitude for 21st century skills such as critical thinking, oral communication, analytical skills, problem solving, and higher-order thinking. To read more go to: https://naaee.org/eepro/blog/benefits-environmental-education-k-12.

Curriculum: You can find many connections to outdoor/place-based learning and the redesigned BC curriculum online here: http://cbeen.ca/curriculum/

Teacher Resources: You can find more resources on our Teaching Resources page here: http://cbeen.ca/cbeen-teaching-resources