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

Climbing in the Garden


Climbing in the GArden



Lots of varying terrain and substrates, for example:

-Hills of rocks

Fences, walls, trees, and tree houses.

Decks with several levels, stairs, ramps, and ladders.

Pondless waterfalls.



While a discussion of safety rules is essential, the challenge to educators is to allow the children to challenge themselves. Step back, watch carefully, offer guidance and a helping hand only when necessary. Provide lots of encouragement to push children further when they are ready but are a little scared. You will be surprised at how capable children become when they are allowed to explore freely.

This is good for adults as well!

Lesson plan by Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.