Every student has the potential to change the world
Designed by educators with real classroom experience, we deliver personalized hands-on training, collaborative partnerships, and easily accessible resources that help teachers recast everyday outdoor spaces into exciting labs where anything is possible. Together, we’re creating a future where every student – regardless of background, resources, or learning differences – can experience the wonder of science first-hand.
Open the Outdoors. Change what’s possible.
Bridging the Gap in Science Education
We believe in the power of real-world learning to bring the world into focus for students. By going outside of the classroom to create experiences that bring science and learning to life, we help every student nurture and grow a scientific mindset that forever empowers them to ask questions, expand learning, and move from theory to action to open new possibilities.
Bring science to life. Expand potential.
We believe that with the right support and tools, every teacher can be that teacher - the one who lights the first spark of understanding and makes the world click into place. From personalized, hands-on professional learning to collaborative resources, we help teachers unlock the power of science for students, so they can look to the future with confidence and thrive in a constantly changing world.
Education for a New Generation
Science has a long track record of making the impossible real. This type of transformation takes a fearless generation of dreamers, thinkers, and doers to set new ideas in motion. We help teachers, schools, districts, and communities step up for this new generation by transforming the world into a real lab where everything is an experiment waiting to happen. Together, we crack open the potential to solve for the unknown and set the stage for a future that should be, to become real.
We took bold steps this year to help teachers and schools inspire and prepare elementary students to become innovators and leaders.
Meet Our Team
Our diversity of backgrounds and experiences helps us listen and adapt to the unique needs of our school communities, to problem solve, and to innovate.
Change it up.
In order to make a difference, we need to look at ways to do things differently.
Change is how we learn and grow. So we don’t stop with transforming the outdoor space, we transform schools with fresh new ways to teach and learn. We challenge volunteers to work outside their comfort zone, educators to teach outside the classroom, and children to make discoveries of their own.
Get your hands dirty.
The most real experiences engage your head, hands and heart.
We push students to think outside the classroom. We train teachers to step away from the textbook. And we ask our funders to give more than a donation. Parents, funding partners and community members build more than an Outdoor Lab when they volunteer: they build new skills, new relationships and a new awareness of their place in the community and the world. Working side by side in the soil is a great experience for everyone.
Keep it simple.
Simple solutions to complex problems are the most powerful ones.
We build Outdoor Learning Labs because nature is an effective teaching tool that’s right outside most schools. Kids are more engaged when they’re enjoying the simple pleasures of being outside, exploring the natural world. Teachers are busy, so we provide on the job training and make our lessons as easy as possible to adopt and implement with their class.
Make it last.
Everything we do, we do with an eye towards the future.
Building an Outdoor Lab is just the beginning. We then provide teachers with the training and support they need to use their new resource to its fullest potential. We build lasting relationships with our funding partners and school partners because we begin with a solid foundation based on shared goals and mutual respect. The students learning in our gardens gain skills, experiences and knowledge that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Do good business.
Good organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are focused on creating value — for their customers, their shareholders, and the communities they serve.
We don’t work for our partners, our teachers, or even our students. We work with them. To achieve our mission, we honor and respect everyone’s contributions and goals. We are purposeful and passionate; we balance head and heart. It isn’t enough to do good. We do good business.