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Ghita Carroll

Coordinator, Sustainability
Coordinator, Sustainability

Jeff Medwetz

Manager, Project
Manager, Project

Outdoor Learning

There are many advantages to outdoor learning. Outdoor learning can provide meaningful opportunities for students and teachers to connect. There are also mental and physical health benefits to being outdoors​. In addition, transmission of COVID-19 is lower outside, and using the outdoors will help slow the spread of the virus​ and ​increase opportunities for in-person learning​.


FOR BVSD STAFF - Outdoor Gatherings Guidelines

Tips for Outdoor Classroom Management from our partner Garden to Table

I Heard it from Sam Podcast | Episode 6 - No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothing
This week, we talk about outdoor learning - how it’s safer than indoor interaction in terms of COVID as well as the other benefits to students’ well-being and engagement in a academic lessons. We will talk to the staff at Ryan Elementary about their use of outdoor spaces and hear from Dr. Ghita Carroll and Stephanie Schroeder from our district’s operations team.

BVSD Outdoor Learning In the News

Horizons Outdoor Learning | CBS 4, October 12, 2020

“In Boulder, schools have been implementing all kinds of new safety measures since returning to in person learning. One school has a new classroom, the great outdoors. Horizons K-8, tents are set up so students can have their class outside. It is kind of an out-of-the-box thinking that has helped this community with the help of a gofundme campaign they have raised within $40,000 to do this.”

Boulder’s Horizons K-8 Pilots Outdoor Classrooms | Daily Camera, September 30, 2020

As Boulder Valley schools begin to go back to in-person learning, several schools are exploring the option of outdoor classrooms in an effort to make in-person learning safer and more effective. To learn more about what schools are doing click here

Back to School: In-person, Outside | Christian Science Monitor, September 8, 2020

Many schools across the country are exploring new methods of outdoor learning. To learn more about what is being done across the US and locally click here.