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Teacher Professional Development
and Training

Thrive Outside has developed, and is continuing to expand, teacher training programs to benefit educators, students and the entire school community.


Our programs include:


  • Introduction to Outdoor Education: Introduces Outdoor Education benefits and best practices and how to best utilize the school’s outdoor learning spaces.


  • Trailblazers: In-depth Outdoor Education course builds and enhances nature-based lesson plans incorporating the school’s unique outdoor spaces.


  • Outdoor Education Teacher Learning Circle (see below for more details): Advances the Outdoor Education movement in Rhode Island by identifying and supporting educators of any grade or subject matter who feel ready to pioneer outdoor teaching methods in their schools and districts.


  • Music in Nature (coming soon!): Focuses on using music and the outdoors to cover common core standards while introducing science to young children.


  • Rooted In Nature:  Social Emotional Learning: Educates middle school teachers on how to use the healing powers of nature to enhance Social Emotional Learning.

New this Fall
Thrive Outside
Teacher Learning Circle!

Thrive Outside will be launching a new teacher professional development program this year: our Teacher Learning Circle. 


The Teacher Learning Circle (TLC) is designed to gather teachers with an interest in creating outdoor learning opportunities and connect them with local outdoor education experts in a collaborative, supportive, professional learning community.  


Participants will explore topics such as best practices in outdoor education, how to use available outdoor spaces for safe and effective outdoor learning, and how teaching in nature benefits the whole child as well as the teacher.  Teachers will receive a stipend, and be eligible to receive PLUs for participating in our program. 

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