Anyone who has seen the impact that learning and playing outdoors has on children knows how powerful such experiences can be. Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps build a greater awareness of the environment, provides more opportunities to think independently, and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning. Children are more active when they play outdoors; It is essential for their healthy development and enjoyment of childhood.
These are all reasons why the Wilderness Foundation UK, the charity that delivers the education element of the Chatham Green Project advocates for Learning Outside the Classroom, and we are taking an active role in the delivery of Outdoor Classroom Day 2017 (formerly Empty Classroom Day)!
Our Education Officer Jenna Cains is out-and-about in Essex today working with schools to encourage teachers and pupils to try learning outside the classroom. The day is also a celebration of what schools are doing already and to inspire new schools to take part!