Guides and Curricula

4-H Outdoor and Environment Curricula– Includes specific curricula such as Butterfly, Entomology, Forestry, Gardening, Exploring your Environment, Backyards and Beyond…

Four Corners School Lesson Plan DatabaseSearchable database of Outdoor Education Lessons

NWF Lesson Database– The lesson plans presented here are a sampling from NWF’s collection of over 1,000 lesson plans designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.

Education Outside Lesson Pathway – Education Outside’s Lesson Pathway is a curriculum framework that allows educators to plan a comprehensive and sequenced outdoor education program by selecting lessons that are nested into a larger, coherent structure. It is arranged by themes (Basics, Soil, Plants, Creatures, Ecology, Materials, and Food) that can then be organized into an academic schedule, building the key concepts of each theme over a K-5 educational experience.

5-Minute Field Trips– This resource is for teachers wishing to do simple and enjoyable outdoor environmental activities on their school campus. This is a “greatest hits” compilation of some favorite activities.

 

Apps

AllTrails– Browse through guides for 50,000 trails across North America complete with photos, reviews, and tracks for outdoor activities including everything from hiking and mountain biking to fly-fishing and snowshoeing.

National Parks by National Geographic– National Geographic presents a beautiful, award-winning interactive guide to 25 of America’s most visited national parks. Included free are photo galleries, visitor information, and maps.

Geocaching – There are millions of geocaches waiting to be found, scattered throughout more than 185 countries around the world—there are probably even some near you right now.

Camp Recipes– Camping never tasted so Good! Whatever you can think of to cook on a campfire, this app has 10 ways to cook it.

Trails– Are you looking for the perfect hiking trail? Do you need a virtual compass to help navigate directions? Now you can view professional, high quality trail guides on-the-go!

RedCross First Aid– Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand.

MotionX GPS– GPS App

GoSkyWatch Planetarium – Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, comets, constellations, galaxies and more by simply pointing to the sky.

The Backpacker Checklist– The Backpacker Checklist is THE way to prepare for your next backpack adventure.

 

Games

Camping Games Fun games for sitting around a campfire while camping or bonfires at home. Some are even good for car rides too. Rank your favorites and see how everyone else is ranking the games.

Outside fun and games – A plethora of outdoor fun

30 Classic Games for Outdoor Play – some no-tech games that you may have enjoyed as a kid. Some can be done indoors. Some can be done by yourself or with just one friend. But most of them are best when done outside with a group of people. Also, most of these games can be changed or improved by making up your own rules. Use your imagination!

More outdoor games

Team Building Games and Initiatives

Team building and Problem solving galore

Useful Links

Get OutsideActivities youth can do while exploring outdoors. New York focused…

Lesson Planet Outdoor Education Database– Find Outdoor Education educational ideas and activities

Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyEducational Programs and Resources

Green spaces and cognitive development in primary school children