Announcing our next Great Outdoor Learning Laboratory at Devonshire

Out Teach Carolinas is proud to award our next Outdoor Learning Laboratory to Charlotte Mecklenburg School Districts – Devonshire Elementary. Dr Ted Miracle has served as the lead outdoor learning coordinator for several years and this year he was one of 6 teachers engaged in our school-year long professional learning program. Principal Hough has led her schools vision to support experiential learning outdoors as an effective academic tool. This award is brought to Devonshire through the Corporate Support of Novant and Hornets Foundation who will bring 100 volunteers to transform this schools unused outdoor space into an outdoor learning laboratory. This is the 6th school to receive this amazing award to date in the Carolinas.

CMS Schools can now apply for Evergreen Scholarship
Mecklenburg Health Department is once again committed to supporting Out Teach through providing scholarships for our Evergreen Group Training Sessions. Each of these sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) incorporates 4 hours of CE and an array of resources plus hands-on demonstrations. This is also where we infuse nutrition education into science, math and ELA. Each participating school also receives access to our online coaching center. To apply for this scholarship please reach out to Alec Macaulay, School Partnerships Manager or at 980-297-4181.
Governors Village K-8 STEM Academy
On May 10, Out Teach and 120 Duke Energy Volunteers completed our 5th Outdoor Learning Lab in the Carolinas. This school is the largest K-8 school in the state with more than 2,000 students, so we constructed two outdoor classroom seating areas to accommodate multiple classes at once! Mr. Crow had elementary students outside for an ELA lesson and Ms. Thiel had middle school students doing an observation – both utilizing this space while volunteers were finishing up.
Summer Thoughts and Grants
School is out and summer is upon us. Please don’t leave your school gardens without a strategy to support them. Each school has the opportunity to engage neighborhoods, parents and faith-based neighbors in helping you maintain (weed and water) your garden boxes. One of our favorite grant web resources is the N.C. Office of Environmental Education check it out!


Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.