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Outdoor Classroom Institute: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

        Teachers collaborating in the outdoors.

Outdoor Classroom Institute: 
Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

A Two Day Professional Learning Experience for Kindergarten to Grade 3 Teachers and ECEs

Imagine your students investigating the rich habitats and communities right outside your classroom, then replacing their magnifying glasses with paintbrushes as they explore the art studio of nature. School grounds can provide an engaging and creative environment for integrating Literacy, Art and Science into your classroom or childcare centre.

Leave the Outdoor Classroom Institute with the confidence to assess students’ understanding of ecosystems through creative and easy-to-implement nature-based Art, Science and Literacy projects. Discover how eco-inquiry stimulates imaginative forms of writing as students explore a deeper connection to the natural environment.

Join 2 amazing OCDSB teacher facilitators on this journey. Jacqueline Whelan and Joanne Burbidge will introduce you to a multitude of creative approaches to engaging in the outdoor classroom with your students - in both rain and shine! This is a two-day workshop that runs August 23 and 24 from 9am - 3:30pm both days. Many thanks to the Ottawa Catholic School Board for hosting the institute.


  • A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • All participants will receive educational resources for teaching outdoors.
  • Come prepared to be outside and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Upon completion of the two day workshop you will receive a certificate.

This project was funded by in part by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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Dates & Times

Last Date: August 24, 2017

August 23 & 24, 2017

Both days run 9am - 3:30pm.

Prices & Fees

Cost per person is $125 + HST. Please register in advance via Eventbrite.


Andrew Harvey

Evergreen, School Ground Greening Design Consultant



Immaculata High School, OCSB
140 Main St. Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5P4