Outdoor Classroom Day2020-05-22T15:40:03+00:00

Project Description

Celebrating outdoor learning and play

From a handful of schools in London to a global movement getting 9 million+ children outside to play and learn

In 2012 a handful of schools in London, England, got involved. By 2015, over 600 schools in 15 countries were involved. As the campaign grew, the volunteers who were running it recognised the need for dedicated investment. So, in 2016, Semble (formerly Project Dirt) partnered with Unilever’s Dirt is Good team to grow the movement and take it global.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to inspire and celebrate outdoor play and learning, at home and at school. On Outdoor Classroom Day itself, which has two dates each year, teachers usually organise a special day outdoors for their class. In response to the coronavirus crisis, the movement will look a bit different in 2020.

Following consultation with teachers and parents around the world, we are launching Playful Nature!

Connecting to nature can restore our sense of wellbeing. For children, this connection is best made through play – whether outdoors in nature or indoors with natural elements.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing ideas for connecting to nature through play that can be done from anywhere – like your garden, balcony or even your living room! And on 21 May, which should have been the next Outdoor Classroom Day, we’re inviting you to celebrate your connection to the natural world by bringing Playful Nature to everyone.

Through play, we will help children retain their connection to the natural world during the coronavirus crisis.

To visit the campaign global website, visit:



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Latest news

The Jungle Gym Generation

October 7th, 2019|0 Comments

What does playing outside and outdoor education have to do with nature guardianship and youth empowerment? For our Muddy Hands report, 86% of teachers told us that playing outdoors gives children a better understanding [...]

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See how schools across the world are getting outdoors to learn and play, on #OutdoorClassroomDay and all year round!