STEP Outside

Student Teacher Engagement Program Outside

Are you wondering how to get the most out of outdoor learning for your school? Let the Museum of Life and Science help you create engaging and standards-aligned experiences.

STEP Outside addresses the barriers that teachers commonly face with taking students outdoors; safety, finding appropriate spaces, and adapting curriculum. Our trainers help participants identify and overcome these challenges through co-creation and support. The program supports up to 7 staff members and includes a kickoff meeting plus two full days of outdoor facilitation with each participant’s group of students. We look forward to helping you create a unique, impactful experience for your teachers and your students.

A Nature-Based Learning Experience

  • Hands-on science and literacy activities in outdoor environments on school campuses, aligned with specific North Carolina Essential Standards.
  • As every schoolyard is different, we will bring our own curated set of materials. We will also work with teachers in advance to explore their outdoor options and identify suitable spaces.
  • Programs will model how to use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom. We will share specific, simple planning tools for teachers to apply to their schoolyards. Strategies will lead to safe, supportive, and repeatable options for outdoor play and interdisciplinary learning.

Outdoor Learning Teacher Professional Development

Each package includes:

  • Initial kick-off meeting for up to 7 participants
  • An outdoor learning kit for each participant to keep
  • Specially designed curriculum co-created with teachers
  • Live modeling and coaching

Want to learn more? Contact our Reservations Team by email or call (919)220-5429 ext. 313