Beyond the Walls: Activities for the Outdoors

Ophea’s Beyond the Walls: Activities for the Outdoors Resources have been developed to support elementary and secondary educators in using outdoor spaces safely and effectively for physical activity with students across the school day. This resource provides opportunities for students to observe, explore, and appreciate nature as they reflect on the benefits of being physically active outdoors all year long. 

The Beyond the Walls: Activities for the Outdoors resources include:

  • Beyond the Walls: Videos
    • This seasonal video series supports educators in taking physical activity outdoors by addressing specific topics related to outdoor physical activity, including:
      • Safety considerations, dressing for the weather, and different playing surfaces and areas;
      • Outdoor connections including environmental stewardship, Land-Based Learning, and educator prompts and guiding questions; and 
      • Inclusive approaches for students with cognitive and physical disabilities.
  • Activity Cards
    • This content features tailored activities for:
      • Fall, winter, and spring seasons;
      • Primary, junior, intermediate, and senior divisions; and
      • Various physical activity opportunities throughout the school day, including physical education class, Daily Physical Activity (DPA), intramurals, and recess.