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Outdoor Learning Community of Practice

Are you an educator, school garden coordinator, or a community-based organization staff member looking to share and learn about relevant, seasonal curriculum, resources, best practices centered around outdoor learning?

Join us each month on the 3rd Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. for opportunities to connect with educators doing similar work across the District.

  • Do you want to share information about your program during an upcoming gathering?
  • Do you have a topic you want to talk about?
  • Do you want to host a gathering at your school or teaching site?

Please email [email protected].

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Upcoming Gatherings 

  • Sept. 21, 2022
    • The Well at Oxon Run with guest speaker Ronnie Webb, president and founder of The Green Scheme
  • Oct. 19, 2022
  • Nov. 16, 2022
  • Jan. 18, 2023
  • Feb. 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023


Catch Up on Past Sessions:

View Slide Decks | View Notes | View Recordings

  • June 2022 | Exploring our Community through Field Trips
    • Guest Speaker: Angela Kramer, Education Director, Friends of Pierce Mill
  • May 2022 | Pollinators
    • Guest Speakers: Natasha Garcia Andersen and Sara Tangren, DC Department of Energy & Environment
  • April 2022 | Supporting our Youngest Learners Identify resources to support early childcare centers with outdoor learning and play.
  • March 2022 | Earth Day Discover new activities to connect students with their local environment. Guest Speaker: Ariel Trahan, Director of River Restoration Programs, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Feb. 2022 | Exploring Food Cultures & Traditions
    • Guest Speaker: Rita Ackah, DC FoodCorps Service Member
  • Jan. 2022 | Teaching Outdoors
    • Guest Speaker: Elana Mintz, founder and executive director of Urban Adventure Squad/Urban Learning and Teaching Center
  • Nov. 2021 | Local Foods and Seasonality
    • Guest Speaker: Brenda Platt Director, Composting for Community Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Oct. 2021 | Growing Healthy Schools
    • Guest Speakers: Carina Gervacio, Program Director & Malaika Simmons, Program Coordinator FoodCorps DC Metro.
  • Sept. 2021 | Green Schools
    • Guest Speaker: Alexandra Harbold Environmental Specialist F.S. Key Elementary School