Outdoor Inquiries®: Involving Young People in Outdoor Learning
Would you like to use your schoolyard to:
• engage your
students in real world science?
If so, Outdoor Inquiries® can help. It is a set of strategies for engaging young people in a study of the natural world. This two-day workshop introduces classroom teachers and informal educators to a set of practical tools and techniques they can use to launch student-driven investigations of the natural world. Each strategy can be employed individually, but taken together they provide a comprehensive approach to studying the natural world in a vacant lot, schoolyard, neighborhood park, or your own backyard.
The five strategies covered in the two-day workshop include journal
keeping, field guide development, map-making, collection building, and
• A copy of First Hand Learning’s
book entitled Outdoor Inquiries: Taking Science Investigations
Outside the Classroom (Heinemann, 2007).
The cost of the workshop, including all of the above materials, is $600 per participant with a minimum of 10 participants. First Hand Learning, Inc. will provide a professional facilitator to run the workshop. The local workshop organizer will provide the workshop location, refreshments, and lunch.
To arrange for a workshop please contact:
First Hand Learning, Inc.
Outdoor Inquiries® is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of an IMD project entitled Object Lessons: Natural History for Elementary and Middle Schools.
The Outdoor Inquiries™ Toolkit includes the following materials to enhance investigation of the natural world:
• 1 field journal