Course Description

This course is intended for K-12 educators seeking ways to expand their teaching expertise by applying outdoor education skills and awareness as a means to improve student learning. Educators will be provided with opportunities to explore and make sense of current research and to become confident in their abilities to utilize the outdoors as they plan lessons within their curricular areas.

Learner Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, each participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze how their upbringing differed from that of today’s youth by identifying experiences in their lives that are uncommon among children today.
  2. Assess how outdoor education can benefit student learning.
  3. Explore types of outdoor education and determine their value across curricular areas.
  4. Understand basic foundations of environmental education.
  5. Create an environmental lesson or unit which encompasses the major principles and research important to outdoor education.


System Requirements
  • Computer with word processing software
  • Internet access connection
  • Online video viewing capabilities/Adobe flash player
  • Software capable of reading PDF files

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Section Title
No Child Left Inside: Examining Rationale and Methods to Use the Outdoors as a Classroom
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $500.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

Course is self-Paced. Completion time: up to 12 weeks from initial log in to course. Participants are required to log in within 60 days of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Paul Wright is the course facilitator
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