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Outdoor Instruction During Distance Learning

As we consider strategies for providing robust distance learning and eventually safely reopening schools, students should participate in a combination of facilitated and independent learning experiences related to Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning. Environmental Education is an interdisciplinary process that helps people learn more about connections to natural systems fostering environmental literacy and civic engagement. Outdoor learning includes those activities that allow students to discover, experiment, learn about and connect to the natural world and engage in environmental and recreational activities. In PGCPS, students will have access to participate in virtual outdoor exploration experiences curated by staff at the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center and the Howard B. Owens Science Center. In addition, activities recommended by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education include utilizing outdoor spaces for learning, identifying the birds you see outside your window, DIY Park Quests, or locating specific trees or plants in your neighborhood.