The Outdoor Classroom Day movement and the coronavirus crisis

2nd April 2020

Note: This is a statement from the global Outdoor Classroom Day team at Semble, who Nature Play Australia is working closely with to take forward the campaign in Australia.

As I write, almost 90% of all children around the world are no longer in school. As the coronavirus crisis continues, we are working with our wonderful partners and funders to explore how we can best support you – our global community of teachers and parents – during this difficult time.

The situation is changing daily, but one thing we do know is that the next Northern Hemisphere Outdoor Classroom Day – coming up on Thursday 21 May – will not go ahead in its usual format.

However, at a time when many are realising how important time outdoors is, we want to help teachers, parents and children retain their connection to the outdoor world – even if that’s through a window, from a balcony or in a backyard.

We want to get this right, so we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to share your thoughts and ideas with us, you can take our short survey. It’s only nine questions and should take no longer than five minutes.

TAKE THE SURVEY 

You can also get in touch on info@outdoorclassroomday.com or via any of our social media channels. The survey will close on Monday 6 April at 14:00 GMT.

Lesson ideas and resources

Schools that are supporting parents are telling us that children are learning outside in their gardens, backyards and on their balconies. Those that are still open (even if just for the children of key workers) tell us they are spending as much time as possible outside in their school grounds. Our resource library has lots of easy lesson ideas that can be done at school or at home – just make sure to adapt them to meet current Government guidance on social distancing and staying at home.

Be sure to keep up to date with information about COVID-19 at the official Australian government website – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Thank you for your continued support.

Dominika Jarosz
Head of Campaigns
Semble

About us

The global Outdoor Classroom Day is led by Semble (formerly Project Dirt) and supported by Unilever as part of their Dirt is Good movement. Semble, a founding partner of the original campaign, works with respected environmental and educational NGOs around the world to deliver locally relevant campaigns, including: Nature Play WA (Australia), United Way Colombia (Colombia), ACE Trust (India), Movimento Bloom (Portugal), Symphonia for South Africa (South Africa), Ulko-opet ry (Finland), Learning through Landscapes (UK and Ireland) and Aktif Yaşam Derneği (Turkey).

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