LAUSD Specialists

Thank you for leading the change for LAUSD and beyond as you help make your Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms sustainable and nurturing spaces for children and adults alike!


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Bookmark this private page! This is your home base, with resources and opportunities for you as LAUSD Sustainability Specialists.

Keep in Touch

To reach everyone on the LAUSD Sustainability Specialists team, simply email [email protected]. You can also reach your Nature Explore coordinator Kirsten Haugen at [email protected].

Mark Your Calendars

We will meet from 1-2 pm on the third Thursday of every month via Zoom. Each month, we’ll have a short video/photo presentation from one or two sites. See the schedule of events below.

Our dedicated Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 840 6084 2833

Passcode: 343225

One tap mobile:
+16699006833,,84060842833#,,,,*343225# US (San Jose)
+12532158782,,84060842833#,,,,*343225# US (Tacoma)

Share Your Story

Email [email protected] to sign up for a date to present your site. These will be 5-8 minute informal videos and/or photos to tell your story about your outdoor classroom.

Suggest a Topic

Topics for each monthly meeting may include sustaining and maintaining your outdoor classrooms, plants and trees, finding loose parts, family engagement, curricular ideas and more. How and when we focus on each topic will be based on your ideas, questions, successes and challenges, so the more active you are in sharing, the more you’ll see your needs met in the topics we cover!

Upcoming Meetings

November 18

Each site can choose one of these indicators as a team, and come up with a concrete way to focus on it.

“Our alliances with families hold the promise of open-hearted relationships in which we move beyond the formal roles of ‘educator’ and ‘parent’ and open our lives to each other.”
― Pelo and Carter, From Teaching to Thinking

December 16 – NO MEETING

Special Assignment: TAKE PHOTOS!

We will use these photos in future meetings, trainings and in discussions with our design and maintenance teams.

Send your photos to [email protected] via 

January 20

February 17

March 17

April 21

May 19

June 16

Prior Specialists Meetings

August 19

September 16:

October 21—From Maintenance to Caretaking: Involving Children

About Nature Explore and LAUSD

Nature Explore Resources

Research on Natural Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classroom Activities

Resources from Our Partners

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