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The Outdoor Adventures Curriculum

Imagine your children showing up to PE class and instead of playing kickball or shooting hoops, they’re shooting bows and arrows, learning to fish, setting up a campsite, and learning survival skills. Thanks to the OTF, this is already a reality for 1,200+ schools nationwide. Outdoor Adventures is fully accredited to be taught as a physical education, agricultural science, or elective class in any public or private school in the United States, kindergarten through 12th grade.

Each lesson is aligned with national education standards. Each daily lesson plan includes:

Student Objectives
Materials needed
Resources and web links
Pre-class materials
Class activities
Lesson Slides
Lesson assessments
Physical Education component and journal writing prompts

The research on students engaged in outdoor activities is clear.

Kids who learn outdoors have higher self-esteem, feel more capable and confident and are more creative.

Students involved in extracurricular activities tend to engage in more appropriate behavior and perform better academically in school.

Students involved in extracurricular activities tend to:

• engage in more appropriate behavior
• perform better academically in school
• have higher self esteem
• are tomorrow’s conservation leaders


In today’s world,

where screens are everywhere, going outside provides a great break from technology along with different forms of stimulation that are better for the mind and body.
Time and time again, it has been proven that being in nature can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

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