Learning outside, Burnside Primary School, Christchurch
Image: Sam Worsp | DOC

Introduction

Be part of the global movement, take teaching outside and discover the many benefits of learning in nature.

Teaching and learning in nature

There has never been a better time to learn outdoors. Head outside and discover the many benefits of teaching and learning in nature.

Nature connection has significant health and wellbeing benefits for everyone.

Time in nature can:

  • build resilience against stress and adversity
  • improve concentration, learning, creativity and cognitive development
  • increase self-esteem and self-discipline
  • foster a love of the natural world
  • increase cooperation and self-awareness.

A portrait poster with native wildlife and information on how to help the environment
Restoration through the seasons poster

It’s time to start planning how teaching and learning outside might look for your group or school in 2022.

Plan with nature in mind

The restoration through the seasons webpage has oodles of inspiring environmental education activities and planning tips.

The Restoration through the seasons poster (PDF, 1,671K) offers some guidance and ideas on what could be a priority for teaching outside throughout the school year.

Connect with nature and Papatūānuku

Once a day or once a week, take a lesson or activity outside. From reading in the shade to visiting a local reserve, there are options for teaching outside to suit a variety of interests and needs.

Browse our extensive suite of nature focussed education resources, experiential activities and inquiry units on the Teaching resources for learning in nature webpage.

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