Forest schools: What if we brought learning outside?

Bush schools, or the new green classrooms, are set to become more and more common by 2030. Seen as a solution to health constraints, they could also be excellent for developing children’s social and cognitive skills.

Learning outdoors is expected to become more widespread in the next decade. From kindergarten to university, classes outdoors have emerged as a way to overcome the health restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19. But over time, this might become both a habit and a necessity.

Elizabeth “Dori” Tunstall, dean of design at the Ontario University of Art and Design (OCAD), foresees the return of the bush school by 2030 or so.

“Based on the wise practices from the …

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