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Ten Outdoor Activities for Teenagers

Secondary, Middle

Description

This resource describes ten outdoor learning experiences designed to encourage respect for the natural world and involve students in stewardship efforts within their community.  The activities range from easy to implement, one-class lessons to complex inquiries requiring more preparation and time to complete successfully.  

In addition to nature walks, observation & reflection exercises, and community action, students learn practical skills by participating in a variety of hands-on, outdoor experiences.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • Animal Track identification
  • Making plaster of Paris molds
  • Building nesting boxes
  • Building a solar cooker

Strengths

The resource offers a range of worthwhile outdoor learning activities.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The 'respecting nature' theme of the resource will support a number of outcomes in science & geography and the practical, hands-on learning opportunities it offers will appeal to a wide range of student interests and abilities.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Wildlife Protection
  • Energy (1)

    • Alternative Energy
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Habitat Restoration