ECO: Educating Children Outdoors
Working together with public schools to build lasting relationships with our environment.

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ECOECO is a long term nature immersion program that teaches students outdoors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis throughout the school year. Each lesson builds off of the previous as part of a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum that aligns with the Common Core (math and literacy) and Next Generation Science Standards. ECO capitalizes on the opportunities of learning outdoors that support social and emotional learning such as group dynamics, work projects, learning to take care of others and how to take care of our environment. We aim to meet each classroom community’s needs for learning outdoors.

ECO works with primary education students here in Vermont. We encourage schools to begin with their earliest learners so they can benefit from a continuing and growing ECO program as students move through the grades. The habits of dressing, behavior, safety and appreciation for the environment are established in the first years, therefore creating opportunities for deeper learning in the older grades.


  • Co-teaching and leading your students in the field during the school day
  • Logistics for getting out the door (clothing, gear, food, water, first aid, and communication with the school)
  • Standardized lesson plans. All lessons are standardized to The Common Core and NGSS. We work with teachers to align their classroom standards to ECO lessons.
  • Pre-teaching ideas and suggestions with seasonal themes, games, activities, classroom extensions, and stories
  • Provide opportunities for technology integration
  • Safety and emergency protocols needed to be safe in the outdoors
  • How to get parents involved as active volunteers on ECO days
  • ECO staff conduct a site risk assessment with teachers and school officials to determine the best places to learn on your school campus


North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Trails open every day
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