Outdoor Classroom Set Up

Preparing spaces for outdoor learning means considering how your schoolyard can become a creative, imaginative space for joyful wonder and inquiry across the curriculum.

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How to Build a Tippy Tap

Once Covid became a realty in our schools, the urgency to take students outdoors increased. Across Canada, a return to face to face learning saw

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Teaching Prep Outside

My role as a teacher is always evolving. Over the past 25 years, I’ve taught just about every grade in public elementary schools across two

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How to Build a Bug Hotel

Bug hotels are an essential addition to any garden, and particularly a children’s garden. There are really only two reasons to build them. One is

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BC School Garden Grants

School garden grants make all the difference in the start up, maintenance and enjoyment of a school garden. Grants and funds from sponsors are often

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