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Teacher Professional Development

Learn how to make nature your classroom!

How to Make Nature Your Classroom is High Park Nature Centre’s virtual professional development course.

Designed to help teachers get outside with their students, the course is an introduction to making nature your classroom! Covering risk assessment, keeping students safe and engaged in all weather conditions, and featuring schoolyard-friendly activities to engage all the senses, will add to your teaching toolkit.

Module 1: An Introduction to Teaching Outdoors

  • “Golden Nuggets” of Outdoor Education
  • Assessing Your Outdoor Space
  • School Neighbourhood Maps
  • Three Agreements for Safe and Fun Outdoor Learning
  • Health and Safety Considerations
  • Preparing for the Outdoors in spring
  • Ontario Ministry of Education Policies in Support of Outdoor Education


Module 2: Making Indigenous Connections

  • Land acknowledgement & Treaties
  • Examples of Ways to Incorporate Indigenous Perspectives
  • Resources
  • Course webinar with Natural Curiosity


Module 3: Videos & Tasks – Two Core Routines for Nature-Based Education

  • Video 1: Nature Journaling
  • Video 2: Sit Spots


Module 4: Videos Modelling Seasonal Connections

  • Video 1: Signs of Fall


Module 5:Tapping Into the Senses

  • Lesson Plan 1: A Sense of Wonder and Camouflage
  • Lesson Plan 2: Smell Sundaes
  • Lesson Plan 3: Bird Squawk Mash-Up 
  • Lesson Plan 4: Dirt Drawing
  • Lesson Plan 5: Smell & Sneak
  • Lesson Plan 6: Egg Carton Treasures
  • Lesson Plan 7: Raccoon Touch


Additional Resources

  • Books, links, webinars, and other resources to explore!