Before and after school programs and Community Learning Centers can also take programming outdoors. These free activity guides provide hundreds of ideas, organized by subject area:
- Living Schoolyards Activity Guide: US Edition
- Living Schoolyards Activity Guide: Midwest Edition
- International Schoolyards Month Activity Guide: Activities for May
- Experiential Outdoor Learning on the School Yard
If students are not physically at schools, this can pose additional challenges for families, such as access to reliable Internet and adequate supervision. Nature center and other community organizations with classroom space can serve as "Community Learning Hubs"—providing safe, accessible spaces for learners.
Community Story: Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison is serving as a community learning hub for students in the Bayview neighborhood.
Many nature centers are adjusting their programming in response to the pandemic. Schools can coordinate with local nature centers to support families and learning on days when their children are not in school. Find a nature center near you: