Have you always wanted to create an outdoor classroom, and are too afraid to take this journey alone? Are you so busy that you rarely stop to ask whether any of it's working? Have you thought about moving your classroom outdoors, but it just doesn't seem to feel natural?
But if you really want the cold hard truth, it's this:
Overwhelm, fear, and a lack of time can often make achieving a one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom vision into reality more trouble than it's worth.
But what if there was a way to make sure you got it right?
As an educator, my Teaching Garden story didn't start until I was a parent. While spearheading the transformation of an old desolate courtyard at my children's elementary school into a Children's Garden & Outdoor Classroom I found my entire philosophy of education transformed.
I now inspire teachers and parents to create outdoor classrooms, backyard learning gardens, and nature-based curricula on a shoestring budget. THE CIRCLE is our membership community that offers an opportunity to collaborate, connect, trouble-shoot, and celebrate!
Join THE CIRCLE: Our Membership Community so you can have...
Sound too good to be true? It's not. In fact, it's a reality that it is so much closer and so much easier than you think. I promise you will not want to miss THE CIRCLE: Our Community Membership opportunity!
THE CIRCLE is an all-in-one membership community that provides connection, support, collaboration for building your outdoor classroom, as well as in-depth training and incredible tools for setting & achieving your outdoor teaching goals.
In addition, as a Member, you also have access to our entire library of 1-hour workshops; along with, our monthly sessions that are targeted to both beginner and advanced level outdoor educators.
Essentially, THE CIRCLE is a one-stop community of like-minded educators who are building, growing, and sustaining a successful Outdoor Classroom, regardless of where you are starting, and regardless of how far you want to go.
If you are an educator or parent, or if you are finally ready to get started in 2021, now is the best time to BECOME A MEMBER of THE CIRCLE! This is a program you will not want to miss.
LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FEATURES INSIDE THIS MEMBERSHIP!
Outdoor Classroom Tours & Interviews
Visit new Outdoor Classrooms virtually and celebrate the power and purpose of Teaching Gardens. Explore the brilliant creative work of nature educators from all over the world who have taken their outdoor space from an unproven concept to an engaging Outdoor Classroom.
Teaching & Learning Round Tables
In our LIVE Teaching and Learning Round Table Sessions we ask the question, “What is working?”, “What is not working?” and dive into specific questions that may arise. Victoria also chooses a nature-based children’s book to discuss and uses it as a jumping-off point for nature-based curriculum planning.
Q&A Sessions/ Educator Lesson Exchanges
Our LIVE Q&A sessions; along with, an Educator Lesson Exchanges invites you to trouble shoot your outdoor teaching challenges. These sessions also invite educators to bring a topic to teach and share with our community, tap into the strengths of our community, and encourage continued learning for all.
Nature- Based Workshop Library
Reconnect children with nature, inspire wonder and fill your toolbox of resources with our 1-hour Nature-Based Online Workshops. Foster playful learning outdoors as you create your own one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom and nature-based curricula. Participation Certificates included.
Full Access (Prerecorded)
Private Facebook Group
We believe in creating a super supportive community with our Private Facebook Community. Come grow with us, share your before and after pictures and celebrate your accomplishments while trouble-shooting your challenges. This is a great place to find community and collaborate with new ideas.
Full Access (Open)
"Highly recommend this membership to other educators. The sessions are packed full of ideas on how to bring learning and innovative play to outdoor spaces." ~ Family Childcare Provider
The main purpose of THE CIRCLE is to support, guide, and push you as you continually grow and sustain your Outdoor Classroom by providing the tools to help you set the right goals, then actually follow through on achieving those goals with the support of our community.
Everything we do in this membership is centered around the 5 Phases of Teaching Outdoors, which is the foundation of our Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp and the model we teach and follow in all of our programs. Our goal is to help you learn how to continually assess where you are at on the Outdoor Teaching Success path in order to keep improving your results.
Ultimately we believe, from what we learned from the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp, that it’s a combination of tactics, strategy, and implementation of the 5 Phase of Teaching Outdoors - mixed with the elements of The Four Types of Gardens (Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations, Gardens that Feed, Gardens that Attract Wildlife and Gardens for Art and Beauty) to be the recipe for success.
We believe the added combination of community, collaboration, and sharing behind-the-scenes tours of Outdoor Classrooms from THE CIRCLE Membership—leads to mastery, and that’s what you’ll find here.
"I've used a lot of ideas I've learned from this program in my Outdoor Classroom and will be adding a lot more! Victoria is a great instructor and I highly recommend this membership for all educators!!!" ~Early Childhood Educator
When you join THE CIRCLE as a Member, you'll have instant access to all the tools you need to create, grow, and sustain your successful, Outdoor Classroom. Our innovative Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp outlines the 5 Stages for Teaching Outdoors and provides a step-by-step plan to follow. THE CIRCLE membership community helps you set goals to help you implement your plans on a weekly basis. But that's not all! As a Member of THE CIRCLE, you'll also have access to our entire 1-hour workshop library of nature-based lessons and ideas, as well as monthly LIVE Round Table, Q&A/Educator Lesson Exchanges, and virtual Outdoor Classroom tours from around the world.
THE CIRCLE: OUR MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY
Often the hardest part of building an Outdoor Classroom is feeling like you are all alone, without a guide to show you the way, but in THE CIRCLE you never have to feel that way! Throughout the month, you'll have access to NEW resources, Victoria Hackett, and support from a like-minded community of educators who are interested in reconnecting children with nature through outdoor classrooms and a nature-based curriculum.
THE CIRCLE offers all the training and guidance you need to move your classroom outdoors while becoming confident in delivering a hands-on, playful learning nature-based curriculum outdoors.
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET EACH MONTH WITH 24/7 ACCESS!
We know everyone is starting this Outdoor Classrooms journey from different places. Whether you’re just starting out or have taught outdoors for years, there’s a place for you in THE CIRCLE: Our Membership Community
CHOOSE THE MEMBERSHIP OPTION BEST FOR YOU!
Our Community Option
HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED:
(Regular Price $27.00)
Most Popular! Our Recommended Option
HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED:
(Regular Membership $27.00)
Our Foundations Option
HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED:
THE CIRCLE membership community is designed to meet you where you are, even if you haven’t started your outdoor classroom yet; however, many of our assessment tools, which will let you know exactly what phase you’ll be starting at, are within the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp. (sold separately)
Please Note: THE CIRCLE has no beginning and no end; therefore, as educators, we will be constantly evolving within each of the Outdoor Teaching phases.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll start at Phase 1: Infrastructure & Phase 2: Get Outdoors, which will focus on building your foundation with confidence. It's highly recommended to complete the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp. In Phase 1 & 2, you’ll also have access to all the 1-hour virtual workshops to get you past any early lesson planning hurdles.
If you’ve already established your outdoor classroom and want to develop and strengthen your curriculum for teaching outdoors, you’ll start at Phase 3: Teaching and Learning Outdoors, which will focus primarily on tips and tricks, lesson plans that work, and trouble-shooting. This will include a monthly Teaching and Learning Round Table for both beginners and advanced outdoor educators.
Phase 4: Weather & Phase 5: Sustainability members will benefit from Q&A sessions that include Educator Lesson Exchanges. We focus on three main subject areas—teaching outdoors in challenging weather, Strategic Planning, and Sustainability Education. You’ll learn how to continually scale your Outdoor Classroom in a predictable way, one that allows you to work smarter, not harder.
Success in this program requires that you take consistent, focused action, that you actually show up, and that you take the time to apply what you are learning and keep moving forward.
The bottom line is that you can’t expect the Outdoor Teaching Bootcamp and THE CIRCLE to magically work for you. You need to do the work. Show up for live virtual sessions. Set goals. Ask questions. Apply what you are learning to your Outdoor Classrooms. Use our planning tools consistently.
That being said, our team is completely dedicated to your success—and that means doing whatever we can to support you along the way. If you still don’t find what you’re looking for, shoot us an email—we’re happy to help you find the answers.
Enrollment for THE CIRCLE membership community is open. You will receive your enrollment confirmation within 30 minutes. The current live schedule is available in the membership portal, and our subsequent schedules will be available in the membership portal by the 20th of the preceding month.
You will get out of this program what you put into it. You do you. Some days you may have an hour, some days you may have 10 minutes, and others you may have no time at all. You might have a crazy-busy day and not get to any of the assignments. Nobody’s keeping track of how much time you’re in the private portal. If you are pressed for time, my recommendation is to show up for the scheduled LIVE sessions when you can check in with the private Facebook community, and set goals for the rest. As long as you're a member, you have lifetime access.
THE CIRCLE membership community will be offered to Members at a rate of just $24.99/month. Please note: This price will go up.
You are free to cancel your membership at any time, and you will retain access to all program materials until your current payment period is complete.
While there is no financial penalty for canceling, we do not provide refunds nor do we prorate any uncompleted time in the program. You must cancel at least 3 business days before your auto payment is charged, or you will be charged for an additional month of the program. Once you cancel your membership, you will not be able to rejoin the program at the Founding Members Rate.
While we encourage you to attend the LIVE sessions when your schedule allows, live attendance is not a requirement for success in our program. Each live session will be recorded, and the recordings will be posted in the course portal by 5 pm the following business day.
What Natural Teachers are saying....
"I am not so overwhelmed at the prospect of creating my outdoor classroom"
"Loved the course- very informative and practical. Made me more confident about teaching outdoors. Thank you!"
"I have taken many other programs, but your Bootcamp just resonated with me. You did an EXCELLENT job. I got more from your class than I did from the others. I felt you had options for every type of program. You created an easy-to-understand step-by-step instructional class with information that relates to today's needs. Thank you so, so much."