Taking Part

Why you should join in on Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a GLOBAL campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play! Why? Simply because although teachers and parents know that spending time outdoors is important, sometimes it is squeezed out of the school day by all the other competing demands.

Anyone who has seen the effect of taking children outdoors to learn and play knows how powerful such experiences can be. Play is essential for children’s healthy development, which means it’s an essential part of every day. Learning outdoors, or ‘learning by doing’, creates lasting memories, helps build a greater awareness of the environment, provides more opportunities to think independently, and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning.

Building on the UK’s Empty Classroom Day, our aim is to get as many children as possible outside on Thursday 18 May for at least one lesson in the school day, and for playtimes to be celebrated too.

Sign up to be part of Outdoor Classroom Day today!

Benefits Include

  • 1. Enhanced
    Social Skills
  • 2. Enhanced
    Problem Solving
  • 3. Team Working
  • 4. Seriously
    Fun & addictive!
90% of adults played outside every day as children. Now its only 30%!

Play for Today, Prepared for Tomorrow

Lessons learnt outdoors often stay with us for life, whether they are maths, science or literacy skills. Getting outdoors helps us focus, there is more to write about, more to discover and can simply be more fun.

Play is important too! Children who have the freedom to play today – making friends, getting lost in the moment, having fun – are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them. Being outdoors makes it easier to learn critical life skills, such as resilience, teamwork, leadership and creativity.

96% of parents agree that play enables children to become well-rounded adults


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The founders

Who is behind Outdoor Classroom Day?

Outdoor Classroom Day, called Empty Classroom Day in the UK, has grown from just a handful of schools in 2011 to over 600 in 2015, with schools from 15 countries participating last year. The grassroots campaign was founded by Anna Portch, with the support of teachers and educators at London Sustainable Schools Forum (LSSF), to encourage London schools to learn outside and to celebrate all the great environmental education taking place. Read more about the campaign’s beginnings here

Empty Classroom Day so inspired the Dirt is Good team from Unilever, the team working with Persil, Omo, Rinso and other laundry brands, that they decided to back the campaign not only in the UK but across the world! Project Dirt is working with them to make that a reality, building international networks and developing the resources to support the campaign globally. Look out for more dates and news from countries across the world as we build a movement to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play every day!

We can't just think about the kind of world we leave our children. We have to think about the kind of children we leave our world.


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