Educators play a crucial role in the promotion of physical activity.

As educators , you are uniquely positioned to help children achieve improved health outcomes by teaching them about the health benefits of being physically active outdoors. At NaturePHL we partner with schools, teachers, and educational organizations to work together to improve children's health through outdoor physical activity.

Resources for Educators

Activities and Lesson Plans

The Cornell Lab

The Cornell Lab has created an adaptable activity book designed to be used by families, school groups, and anyone looking for a fun way to connect to nature. This guide is available for download in both English and Spanish. 

Mass Audubon Resources for Teachers

Mass Audubon has created a bank of resources for teachers including lesson plans, professional development trainings, and workshops.

National Environmental Education Foundation 

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet.  They provide toolkits for educators that include activity guides, lesson plans, and other materials. 

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day has created a bank of lesson plans that encourage educators to take their students outdoors to learn a variety of subjects for a variety of ages. 



For Children

Our Tree Named Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The Wump World Bill Peet
Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech and Chris Raschka
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Butterfly Park by Elly McKay
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek

For Adults

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Vitamin N by Richard Louv
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li
The Biophilia Effect by Clemens G Arvay

Check out these books at the Free Library of Philadelphia 


Nature Pedagogy and Tips

My World Outdoors 

This PDF published by  Care Inspectorate provides educators with information on the planning and implementation of outdoor childcare. 

Natural Wonders

This guide to early childhood environmental education provides educators with a basis in the relationship between childhood development and appropriate environmental educational activities and pedagogical tools.

Cooperative Ecology and Place: Development of a Pedagogy of Place Curriculum 

This PDF discusses the theory behind the benefits of learning in and from the outdoors. 



Outdoor Play Trainings

This webinar provides users with sequential modules available 24 hours a day to learn more about the benefits of outdoor play. 


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