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Outdoor Learning Resources


OSSE has compiled resources to support the establishment or enhancement of outdoor learning on school grounds for schools. These resources are intended to provide options to schools to safely and equitably provide in-person instruction.

Below is a list of resources currently available. Additional resources are in development and will be posted soon. Please let us know what resources would support outdoor learning in your school by completing this survey.

How to Begin

Planning and Designing Outdoor Spaces

Resources for Teachers and Educators

Resources for Meal Service Providers

Case Studies

  • Video and case study of Whittier ES
  • Patterson ES featured in OSSE’s Sprout It Out monthly newsletter
  • Field reports from the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative’s Community of Practice for Schools and District’s Moving Learning Outside. Scroll the page to find the following DC presentations:
  • Webinar hosted by the DC State Board of Education’s Well-Rounded Education Committee with speakers from Cardozo EC, Friendship PCS, Horace Mann ES, and FreshFarm FoodPrints
  • DCPS sites that ordered outdoor learning infrastructure supplies for SY21-22

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