Outdoor Classrooms

Now more than ever, there is a need for outdoor learning in an environment that provides space and flexibility. 

Outdoor classrooms to supplement indoor teaching will allow you to create more space for students, create variation in your teaching forms, and even more so, give students the chance to experience the many benefits of learning while being outdoors. 

Click on the link below to learn how a school district in Saratoga Springs, New York created outdoor classrooms to help maximize the use of the beautiful natural environment while providing a safe, engaging educational environment for students and teachers.

 

Space for Hands-On activities

Space for Hands-On activities

Learning in the Fresh Air

Learning in the Fresh Air

Easy to provide safe distances

Easy to provide safe distances

Saratoga Springs, NY

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Take your indoor teaching outdoors

By utilizing play equipment, you can reinvent your traditional indoor classroom – outdoors!

With our equipment and expertise you can create a functional outdoor space that will serve both as an innovative outdoor classroom AND a fun activity area.  KOMPAN offers a range of solutions designed to support learning in the outdoors across early childhood through higher education as well as community programming. 

13 tips on How to Create an Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor classrooms help create more space for teaching and more social distance between your pupils.

  • The outdoor learning site should have a gathering space for students to listen to instructors (seating with whiteboards), as well as active learning stations for students to do hands-on activities (tables) these spaces can be thought of and designed as ‘rooms’ within the overall outdoor space, and should always be in clear sight of the teacher/instructor
  • The outdoor learning space should not look the same as the indoor learning space – instead of square or rectangular spaces, think circles and ovals
  • The outdoor learning site should be designed for access and inclusion for persons using assistive devices – make sure that seating areas and tables have pathways wide enough for students using wheelchairs or walking frames
  • The site of the outdoor learning should not be far from toilets/wash stations and first aid
  • There should be clear boundaries to the outdoor learning site, and a designated whole group meeting point in case of emergency
  • Teachers and supervisors should have clear sightlines to supervise their groups at all times
  • The site of the outdoor learning should have electricity, wifi and phone access
  • The outdoor learning site should maximize opportunities for students to engage with natural elements and learn from nature (trees plants, water, gardens)
  • Where students are working with tablets and computers, there will need to be protections from glare
  • Consider the thermal comfort of students and teachers – this will vary with climate and time of year, but could mean a need for shade or a need for heating/blankets
  • The outdoor learning site will need space for dry storage
  • The outdoor learning site will need space for display of work
  • The outdoor learning site will need a space for or access to sheltering from rain or snow

Contact us now to get advice on how to create an outdoor classroom at your specific area.