Education Outside’s Lesson Pathway is a curriculum framework that allows educators to plan a comprehensive and sequenced outdoor education program by selecting lessons that are nested into a larger, coherent structure. It is arranged by themes (Basics, Soil, Plants, Creatures, Ecology, Materials, and Food) that can then be organized into an academic schedule, building the key concepts of each theme over a K-5 educational experience.

The lessons, which are linked to the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, are drawn from diverse sources and have been vetted for quality, relevance, and accuracy. The themes aim to span the depth and breadth of content necessary to produce environmentally aware, engaged, and successful students.

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August

Basics - Fall

Rules and Tools, Senses Scavenger Hunt, Journaling, Garden Sketching, Mapping

September

Soil / Compost

Composition, SF Soils, Dissection, Compost Methods, Decomposers

October

Plants - Fall

Planting, Parts, Flowers, Germination, Seeds

November

Creatures

Bug Hunt, Snails, Slugs, Butterflies, Pollinators Need a Home…

December

Ecology A

Habitats, Food Chains & Ecosystems

January

Ecology B

Water, Energy, Geology, Local Ecology & Climate

February

Materials

Natural Building, Dyes, Pigments, Textiles from Plants, Recycled Craft…

March

Food

Cooking Lessons, Nutrition, Food Origins, Food Systems

April

Plants - Spring

Seed Saving, Planting, Natives…

May

Basics - Spring

Journals, Mapping, Garden Sketching, Brainstorming projects for garden