The Impact of Outdoor Learning Environments on Student Success


Amanda McMickle – Director of Will Smith Zoo School

Every piece of information a child takes in sends them a message, and the environment they learn in is full of them. Let’s make sure the messages we send to the students in our communities are those that build self-awareness and confidence, encourage a sense of reciprocity, and fulfill the physical needs of our students so they can grow to be success both inside and outside the classroom.

4 learning objectives:

Participants will:

  • access research and knowledge to speak with confidence about the importance of the environment
  • analyze existing environments to understand messages children receive from them
  • discuss ways to ensure environments are sustainable
  • understand some of the key physical development practices that the kids in today’s society need practice with