Let's Get Outside for 5

Whether it's a forest, a park, or just outside your school building, there is always something to learn in nature's classroom. Get started by taking the Outside for 5 pledge to invest in the health and well-being of your school community.

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Pledge to:

  • Spend at least 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or any meaningful amount of time outside with your students.

  • Use current school curriculum and apply it to outdoor activities.

  • Connect with local educators and outdoor professionals.

After you sign the pledge, you'll receive emails with tips, resources, and other ways to engage with partners for the campaign. You'll also become part of a larger community committed to learning outside!

Thanks for taking the pledge!
Check your inbox for a confirmation email and teacher resources.

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Outside for 5

We know that students are juggling stressors that affect their mental health and productivity in the classroom. Studies show that spending even short amounts of time in nature can reduce stress, and improve mental health and retention. What's more, studies also show that learning outside can improve language arts, math, and science skills. So let's come together, get out of the classroom, and learn outside!

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Affiliate Network is dedicated to providing excellence in environmental education. Together with partners and members across the country, we bring people together to create change and mobilize support for environmental education at all levels.

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By the Numbers

Stanford researchers found a number of trends that demonstrate environmental education has a very positive impact on learning, motivation, skill-building, and empowerment. And the impact on both students and teachers is impressive. Read the full report here >

98%

of studies reported knowledge gains

90%

of studies reported increased skills

86%

of studies reported positive changes

83%

reported enhanced environment related behaviors
 

5–10 MINUTES

GRADES K–12

Sound Maps

15–30 MINUTES

GRADES 6–8

What's the Value of That Tree?

30–45 MINUTES

GRADES 6–12

Backyard Nature Challenge: Tell an Epic Story

5–10 MINUTES

GRADES K–12

Meet a Tree

30–45 MINUTES

GRADES K–8

Backyard Nature Challenge: Shadow Showdown

15–30 MINUTES

GRADES 6–12

Folding Poem

5–10 MINUTES

GRADES K–12

Backyard Nature Challenge: Scent Sense

30–45 MINUTES

GRADES 4–5

Project Wild: Thicket Game

Resources

Get inspired to start your Outside for 5 journey with a sampling of helpful resources, curriculum, and ideas for learning outdoors!

For at least 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or any meaningful amount of time, you can support the social-emotional wellness of your students, other educators, and your school community.

 

Find even more downloadable activities provided by our Partners:
Walking Mountain Science Center >

Sharing Nature >
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies >

Colorado Parks and Wildlife >

Project Learning Tree >
 

 
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Children's Outdoor Activity

Tanya McCoy

After School and Youth Program Coordinator in Wyoming

It is important to incorporate outdoor learning because technology has increased, from screen time at home to screen time in the classroom, and kids need to disconnect to enjoy nature and our wonderful outdoor world.

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Jessica Thieme

6th Grade English Teacher, Colorado

I hope that I am able to give my students unique learning experiences that will help them become curious learners throughout their life. I have taken my students on camping trips, overnight science, trips abroad, and taken my students outside during the regular class day. I have seen that by creating these experiences outside, students have gained self-confidence, a sense of self, self discipline, and problem-solving skills.

See how teachers across the country are prioritizing students’ mental health, creativity, and cooperation, and check out how these educators incorporate Outside for 5 in their classrooms!

Inspiration

Partners

Outside for Five is proudly endorsed by the following affiliates and partners:

 

Sign the Pledge

Sign the Outside for 5 Pledge and commit to:

  • Spend at least 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or any meaningful amount of time outside with your students.

  • Use current school curriculum and apply it to outdoor activities.

  • Connect with local educators and outdoor professionals.

After you sign the pledge, you'll receive emails with tips, resources, and other ways to engage with partners for the campaign. You'll also become part of a larger community committed to learning outside!

Thanks for taking the pledge!
Check your inbox for a confirmation email and teacher resources.

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