The global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. The campaign days (in May and November each year) act as a catalyst for more time outdoors every day, both at school and beyond.

In the UK and Ireland, Outdoor Classroom Day is led by Learning through Landscapes.

We do this with support from Persil, as part of the global campaign led by Semble in partnership with Unilever as part of their Dirt is Good movement.

In 2019, over 3 million children worldwide took part, almost 700,000 of those were in the UK and ROI. In 2020, we want the campaign to be even bigger! Find out more.

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What is the impact of Outdoor Classroom Day?

Every year, we monitor the impact of the campaign and each year this grows, bringing the benefits of more and better outdoor learning and play to larger numbers of pupils.  As was highlighted in the campaign’s recently published Muddy Hands report, 32% of teachers told us they have increased outdoor play since registering for Outdoor Classroom Day and 44% have increased outdoor learning.

Time outdoors at school improves children’s health, supports engagement in learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

You can find out more about Outdoor Classroom Day, and register to take part or support our goals, on our campaign website.

There is something everyone can do

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Teachers

If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in. Register your school or class to participate here.

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Parents & Carers

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play and encourage them to get involved. Think about how you can spend more time outdoors as a family too and inspire other parents to do the same. Register to support the campaign here.

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Business

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to us about how you can get involved. We’re always looking for partners to help spread the message far and wide. Register to support the campaign here.

2020 dates

So that schools can participate on a day that fits with their term dates, the UK and Ireland campaign celebrates Outdoor Classroom Day twice each year, in May and November.

In 2020,  Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated on Thursday 21 May and Thursday 5 November.

Sign up today to take part. Now’s the time to help build a movement that gets children outdoors, playing and learning, every day.

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