Resources for Outdoor Learning
Teachers! Ensure you have the right knowledge, tools and confidence to take your students outdoors.
Surrey teachers – ensure you have the knowledge, tools and confidence to take your students outdoors! Our resources will help you plan your park visit and encourage your students to become stewards of our urban forest.
Preparing for Your Park Visit
Set an example for your students – do your research, act responsibly, and make environmental stewardship a priority. Start by reviewing our Know Before You Go printable checklist and guidelines for Nature-Friendly Park Visits before you head out.
- Know where to go. Ensure you are on public property with permitted access. Refer to COSMOS (the City of Surrey Mapping Online System) and see our COSMOS Tips For Teachers to get started.
- Consider your environmental impact. Stay on trails and open lawns. Do not pick, trample or remove plants, flowers, berries or other natural items. Leave things how you found them.
- Give wildlife space. Watch animals from trails to minimize stress. Do not feed them or disturb their nests. Animals are safer and healthier when they don't become accustomed to people.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Have students take their litter home if possible. Do not leave unnatural items in parks (e.g. painted rocks, fairy houses).
- Stay out of the water. Footsteps can stir up silt in streams (which can suffocate fish and destroy spawning habitat) and crush salmon eggs. Do not create new trails to access creeks.
- Be prepared. Check the forecast, dress for the weather, and scan the space before visiting.
Resources for Outdoor Learning in Surrey
Stewardship begins with a relationship to place. Strengthen your students' relationship to the natural world with regular and repeated visits to a local park. Playing and exploring outdoors will naturally lead to student-led inquiry, an increased understanding and appreciation of place, and a desire to care for the spaces your students come to know.
These free resources were created for Surrey K-7 teachers and students.
Incorporate these short, adaptable activities into your lessons to help students better connect to place.
Learn local nature knowledge
Specific to Surrey, these resources will help you to identify, learn and teach about local species.
"Dig Deeper" into local urban forestry topics
These guiding questions, background information and curriculum connections are designed to be used as launching points for inquiry projects, or to prepare for and/or follow your park visits.
- Discover Forests
- Forest Health
- Get to Know your Park
- Insect Insights
- Invasive Plants
- Neighbourhood Trees
- A Park's Purpose
- Phenomenal Phenology
- Story of the Understory
- Urban Trees Please
We want to equip you with resources, background information and skills to take your students into your local parks. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more (please include your school, grade level and nearby Surrey parks).