Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative
A partnership of Michigan Technological University, Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education &
Gardening with Students: Creating an Outdoor Classroom
9 am-3 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2011
Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit, MI
Presenter: Sarah Halson, Greening of Detroit
1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 313-285-1244
Cost: No charge to Detroit and Pontiac school teachers. Includes lunch and one gardening book.
Credit Options: 0.5 SB-CEU for today’s workshop or 1.0 graduate credit from Michigan Technological
University if you are already registered.
9:00-9:20 am Introductions & Networking Opportunity
9:20-10:00 What Is an Outdoor Classroom?
Benefits of Outdoor Learning
Types of Outdoor Classrooms
10:00 Gardening at Belle Isle – divide into 3 groups and do some hands-on gardening!
- Butterfly Garden
- Wildflower Garden
- Backyard Demonstration Garden
11:15 Getting Started Working with Students, School & Community
- Community Mapping, Cultural Connections, Habitat Connections
- Getting past Threats
Noon Lunch (provided)
12:45 Teaching Across the Curriculum in your Outdoor Classroom
1:30 Teachers meet by school group or grade to brainstorm how they can create or expand their school garden
2:00 pm Maintenance Needs & Challenges
2:45 pm Evaluations & Closing