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Melville Elementary School's "Outdoor Learning Adventure Zone" designed and implemented in partnership with Thrive Outside.

The Thrive Outside Way

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Our Teacher Professional Development

The heart of our work is in our school partnerships and the creation of dynamic "Outdoor Learning Zones" coupled with teacher professional development in outdoor learning and teaching. Our unique, comprehensive approach is what gets the job done.  


How do we work?  


We partner with a school or organization to initiate, create and sustain outdoor learning environments, teacher practices and programs.  By facilitating the complete process we are able to leverage our multiple resources to successfully implement your entire outdoor learning project.

Our Process


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Collaboration is key to a successful design.  For this reason, we engage ALL of the stakeholders in your school or organization in the design process to meet your educational goals and dreams for outdoor learning.  

The result is a vision for an Outdoor Learning Zone complete with a budget, phasing, and funding strategy.


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We help your ideas come to fruition by developing a construction strategy.  By utilizing a combination of professional and volunteer effort we organize and coordinate so that your outdoor learning environment can be built in a timely manner.


Our Professional Development Director will work with your teachers and employees to further their educational goals through outdoor learning. 

Sustainability is key so we work with you over time to implement these new teaching practices and curriculum enhancements.



We want your new Outdoor Learning Zone to thrive so we offer on-going support and we work with you to organize a committee to sustain it.

We also make important community connections and provide you with a management plan for maintenance.

We make things simple.

Partner with us and we will facilitate

the entire process. 

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