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

Teacher Training Programs


teacher training programs

The Academy of forest Kindergarten Teachers

Offering classes for all levels of forest school teachers and other teachers and interested people, The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers offer high quality, thoughtful training. I highly recommend their programs!

Bay Area Wilderness Training

A well-regarded program with ardent supporters, this program provides all the training and gear loans to get Bay Area, California children outdoors.

California Academy of Sciences

Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, this museum offers lectures and teacher training courses.

California Institute for Biodiversity

Offering professional development courses for all levels of educators.

Garden Workshop

Booklet full of sample lesson plans, note-taking space, and ideas to share. From Heather Taylor's "Garden Workshop" for the Week of the Young Child Conference "Nurturing the Whole Child" at Contra Costa College, April 19, 2008.

Green School

Offering the Green Educator Course in Bali, Indonesia, Green School hosts classes for educators at their beautifully designed facilities.

Heather Taylor

An Italian early childhood educator enrolled in my week long program and formally made a booklet of her experiences. Please click the link below to view it.

Innovative Teacher Project

Run by Mills College in Oakland, California, this program connects local educators to work on projects to promote inquiry based learning. 

Kids in Gardens

This class was presented by The Watershed Project and offered many ideas for using and creating gardens for children.

Outdoor and Environmental Education

I taught two classes for educators that involved finding and using materials found in the environment.

For Mentor Teachers at Claremont McKenna College

For Pre- and In-Service Educators at Contra Costa College

Pikler Institute, USA

Emmi Pikler created ground-breaking procedures for raising orphans who would later become productive citizens in Hungary. Find a variety of training opportunities for all at the website.