What is Outdoor Classroom Day?
Outdoor Classroom Day is a fantastic global event that encourages us to take our lessons and teaching outside - to promote outdoor learning.
Activities and lessons happening outside help to inform children about much of their local wildlife, animals and the importance and significance of nature in general.
The day is meant to not only encourage outdoor learning, but also show the benefits it has on a child's development and education. It is also sometimes called Empty Classroom Day.
This year, Outdoor Classroom Day is on Thursday 21st May.
It actually occurs twice a year in May and November, to fit into more school calendars and to make sure that all teachers and parents get the opportunity to take part. After May, the next event is Thursday 5th November 2020.
How is it celebrated?
Thousands of teachers (and now parents) all over the world take their lessons outside, whether it's to get some fresh air or to incorporate nature in their lesson topics.
There are lots of ways you can encourage outdoor learning this Outdoor Classroom Day - even school is shut! Why not take this day as an opportunity to spend more time outside?
In 2019, over 3 million children worldwide took part in Outdoor Classroom Day - and almost 700,000 in the UK and Republic of Ireland!
Why encourage outdoor learning?
Spending time outdoors is proven to improve health, and encourages engagement and participation in children's learning. It also leads to greater interest and connection with nature, and teaches important life skills such as creativity, teamwork and curiosity. It's also fun!
Here are some of our favourite Outdoor Classroom Day resources: