Outdoor Classroom Day

We are on a mission to change the world and give children back their childhood!  We are strong advocates for children spending time outdoors and in nature, every day, for their mental and physical health and wellbeing. When you take learning outside the classroom it engages and excites children in spectacular ways, and we would love for you to join the movement and help us take learning and play outdoors, every day!

What is Outdoor Classroom Day?

More than just one day, our aim is to get as many children as possible playing and learning outside, every day, with a celebration of outdoor learning and play.

Outdoor Classroom Day is something that can happen every day, and we want to continue celebrating being in the outdoors, in whatever way we can, every day.

It's easy to get involved

Teachers, Principals, Educators and Centre Leaders are using Outdoor Classroom Day to trial and develop outdoor learning at their schools and services. Established outdoor learning professionals are using the day to celebrate and promote what they are already doing and to inspire other teachers to join in.

If you’re a parent, your child’s school, kindergarten or early learning service may want to get involved. Why not share this information with them?

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, contact us about how you can get involved. We’d love to hear from you.

Benefits of Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning has a positive impact for teachers and educators on their practice, health and wellbeing, professional development, job satisfaction and more.

Outdoor learning has positive impacts for children – on their intrinsic motivation for learning, enjoyment of lessons, increases creativity, and activates thinking outside the box.  It also improves children’s health and wellbeing, social skills and behaviour, and it has furthermore been proven to encourage better attendance, teamwork and to reduce bullying.

Free outdoor learning day lesson plans and resources

Nature Play QLD supports you by providing FREE outdoor classroom day lesson plans, specifically created for this event to use as you wish.  Lesson plans have been developed for all children, whether they’re in early years, kindergarten, prep, or primary school.  Furthermore, all primary lesson plans are linked to the appropriate Australian National Curriculum, and resources to support My Time, Our Place outcomes. All early years nature play experiences and learning activities support the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework.

Nature Play QLD Passports

FREE Nature Play Passport to An Amazing Childhood to use during your Outdoor Classroom Day adventure.  There are over 300 fun Nature Play missions to choose from online, which will beautifully compliment your outdoor play day. The Nature Play Passport is a fun way for children to record outdoor learning and activities they undertake, and provides them with additional incentives to go outdoors more often.  They are a resource that can be used long after Outdoor Classroom Day QLD has passed.  Passports can take up to 2 weeks to arrive; important if you want them in time for 7 November.  (Read more about using the Passports in education or large groups here).