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Junior Nature Explorer: (Flex) Outdoor School Autumn

Your junior nature explorer will have a new lesson each week as we take learning outside as we learn about autumn from an acorn and squirrel's perspective in this flex class! If you want your kids to get dirty, this is the class for them!
Erin Girard, M. Ed
928 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 7 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Mon, Oct 10

Oct 10 – Nov 4 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon, Oct 31

Oct 31 – Nov 25 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Week 1 
-A Little Acorn: Let's follow an acorn's journey through our story. This story will be shared in our first class and a copy given as a PDF in the classroom. We will talk about the weather and how the seasons change. 

-Hear a Hoot: Let's investigate the outdoors by practicing mindfulness! Students will also discuss in class how to use their senses to notice the changes in the season. 

Week 2: 
-Woodland Watchers: What treasures are in the woodlands/outdoors? Let's investigate who and what you might find in an autumn treasure hunt. 

-Nature Homes: Let's investigate who may live in the trees in your habitat. Can you create a home for a creature? 
-Students will also be introduced to the idea of "Mud Kitchen" and will be given a "Mud Kitchen Recipe Book."

Week 3: Lovely Leaves: Autumn brings about a rainbow of color in nature! Let's look at the life cycle of an oak tree and a variety of leaves one might find. 

Week 4: Celebrating Autumn! Let's celebrate the end of our class by sharing about all our adventures, re-visiting our topics from the previous 3 weeks and completing our "Hungry Squirrel" books 
As an avid nature lover, my children and I spend a majority of our time in the outdoors, observing and learning from Mother Nature. I also lead our homeschool nature group in the activities that you will find in the Nature Explorer series. I am firm believer that children need to spend time outdoors, learn how to get dirty, discover the peacefulness nature brings and so much more!
Each Monday and Wednesday a new class video will be uploaded to the classroom with activities.
Each week any videos and necessary activity sheets and directions will be posted in the classroom. Students will need access to trees, leaves, sticks, dirt, water, pinecones, acorns (or similar type nature materials), old bowls, spoons, paper, and crayons or colored pencils.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • YouTube
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parental guidance will be need for the nature walks and  the nature activities as well helping student with material presented in the class videos. Parents will need to assist learners in uploading their class activities, photos and or videos to the classroom.


Erin Girard, M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Teacher, Homeschool Mama, & Life Long Learner
928 total reviews
662 completed classes

About Me

Erin Girard is an experienced classroom teacher with 20 years of experience teaching and working with children in a variety of settings including public schools, classroom teaching, special education, and outdoor education. Erin holds a B.A. and a... 
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