Embracing Nature: The Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms

Classroom in nature in elementary school in Lenora, Czech Republic.

In an age where our lives are increasingly dominated by screens and virtual interactions, the benefits of integrating nature into the learning process are boundless. From boosting creativity to improving overall well-being, the natural environment offers an inspiring and enriching backdrop for education, providing a refreshing change from the traditional indoor setting.

An excellent example of education taking place outside can be found in the elementary school (Základní Škola) in Lenora, Czech Republic. Established during the Covid pandemic in 2020, the outdoor classroom is continued to be used due to the qualities and possibilities it offers for education. The “room” consists of a blackboard, elevated benches, a table and four pillars, gently separating it from the rest of the garden.