Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

Join us this Spring for a series of free webinars to learn from National Geographic Education Fellow Willie Buford and other experts on how you can safely conduct a BioBlitz and incorporate Social Emotional Learning strategies in afterschool and Out-of-School time programming. A BioBlitz is a great way to connect with nature while social distancing, and can be done individually or in groups, outside or … Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

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Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

This post was written by student learning specialist Kelly Koller and psychologist Byron McClure. Kelly: Last spring when schools shifted online, I was worried about kids spending too much time on their screens. I started wondering, “What gifts do I have to contribute and how can I help?” The environment and the outdoors have always been an interest of mine and I’ve done lots of … Continue reading Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere

This post was written by teacher coach and consultant James Fester. “When will this decade of a month be over?”  I recently stumbled across this deeply resonant tweet as I struggle to make online learning work. As the pandemic drags on and more states release their complicated back-to-school plans, I find myself immobilized with worry and stress, longing for simpler times when travel, collaboration, and … Continue reading Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere

Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Collect, Collaborate, and Learn from Anywhere

This post was written by educator & 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis. I might not be paying attention to the days or weeks anymore, but there’s one thing on my calendar that I’ve been celebrating in April and that’s Citizen Science Month. What is “citizen science”? It is when members of the public–like you!–participate in real scientific research. This could be anything big … Continue reading Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Collect, Collaborate, and Learn from Anywhere

Strategy Share: Starting and Growing a Movement

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by 2019 Education Fellow Rue Mapp. I am an incidental movement maker. When I started Outdoor Afro as a blog from my kitchen table in 2009, it wasn’t about creating a movement or what became a national network that celebrates and inspires African American connections with … Continue reading Strategy Share: Starting and Growing a Movement