Boosting Family Engagement in a Nature Explore Classroom

“The more families become involved in the day-to-day experiences of the outdoor classroom the more their level of excitement deepens.” – Keeping it Growing: Sustaining Your Outdoor Classroom

Families come to us with a wealth of experiences and interests. They are their child’s most lasting and valuable teachers. Programs that find ways to work with parents and other relatives to make decisions and support all children see great returns in family engagement. They develop relationships with enthusiastic parents who are ready to share their time and resources.

Our Certified Nature Explore Classroom network shared some of their best family engagement ideas with us. This is just the beginning of a long list of ways a Nature Explore Classroom can enhance the lives of families and encourage program, community and family connections. 

How have you fostered family engagement in your school, program or center? What ideas have helped parent engagement soar in your Nature Explore Classroom? Please share your thoughts in the comments.