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WHY TEACH OUTSIDE?
Learning outside has many benefits for students
Increased interest in science and science careers
Increased attention span
Positive science learning outcomes
Increased motivation and engagement
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves feelings of connectedness
Helps student develop a sense of place and care for environment
Being outside decreases the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19
Opportunity for increased physical activity
Engage multiple senses
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