Teach Outside
Resources and inspiration for current and aspiring outdoor educators and those interested in a natural learning environment.




From Online Sources

Please click on the following links to find general articles and videos from news sources and blogs that support the work of outdoor and other types of holistic education. Arranged alphabetically by title.

by Suzanna Law, A Little Life of Play

"An Adventure Playground Adventure"

by Linda McGurk, Preschool Inspirations

“The Amazing Benefits of Forest School”

by Andrew Solomon, The New York Times

"Anatomy of a Murder-Suicide"

by Dave Marson, LibCom

"Children's Strikes in 1911"

by Tom Sherrington, TeacherHead

"Creating the conditions for great teachers to thrive"

by Philip Nix, Center for Ecoliteracy

"AN EXPERIMENT IN 'GARDENIZING' SCHOOLS, INSPIRED BY WENDELL BERRY: Exploring the importance of cultivating a 'garden mind' in schools"

by Kaiser Permanente

“Forest bathing: What it is and why you should try it”

by Ayako Mie, Albany Patch

"Gardening Moms in Albany Plant Inspiration in Schools: The garden at Marin Elementary is inviting with its colorfully painted gate. But it was not made overnight. Ten years back, two local moms started a gardening crusade in Albany to help kids to take pride in their schools"

By Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine, The New York Times

“High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring: Debate, drama and other extracurriculars provide the excitement many classrooms lack. And they can help overhaul the system”

by Timothy D. Walker, The Atlantic

"How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play: An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom"

by Liza Long, Gawker

"I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

by Rachel E. Greenspan

“Melinda Gates Wants More Girls and Women in STEM- Here's How She's Working Toward That”

by Diana Kapp, San Francisco Magazine

"The new, (hopefully) improved, totally DIY school:
Looks like a playground, runs like a startup. Why the Bay Area is the paradigm-shaking epicenter of the education revolution"

by Ben Schiller, Fast Company

"Now Doctors Are Prescribing Walks In The Park To Get Us Off Our Butts: Get outside already. With Park Rx, it’s what the doctor ordered"

by Allie Rasmus, KTVU

“'Oakland Goes Outdoors:' $1M grant to fund outdoor education for Oakland middle schoolers”

by Ling Woo Liu, San Francisco Foundation


by Celeste Hoang, Jet Propulsion Laboratory- California Institute of Technology

“Oscar Avalos Dreams in Titanium”

by Linda McGurk


by Isaac Morehouse

"Playing with Legos is More Valuable than Learning Algebra"

by Hanna Rosin, Slate

"Police Investigate Family for Letting Their Kids Walk Home Alone. Parents, We All Need to Fight Back"

by Andrea Gordon, The Star

"Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development: Here’s what kids at play have always liked to do: Race, climb, wrestle, hang, throw, balance, fence with sticks, jump from heights and gravitate toward sharp objects. Ideally, while escaping the watchful eye of grown-ups"

bt Will Childers, Unpublished

"School Shootings- Why They Happen and How to Stop Them"

by Daphne Miller, Yes! Magazine

"The Surprising Healing Qualities... of Dirt: A doctor discovers exposure to healthy farm soil holds keys to healthy bodies"

by Ruth A. Wilson, American Forests

"Teaching Among the Trees"

by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post

"Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’"

By MACARTHUR97, WGN9 Chicago

“Tips from a Scandinavian Mom”

by Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis, CNN

"Want to get your kids into college? Let them play"