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Inspiring Outdoor Quotes for Learning & Playing

Maria Montessori felt strongly about the connection between indoor and outdoor classrooms. She wanted the indoor and outdoor classrooms to be seamless.

Montessori activities lend themselves to the outdoor education environment. This post includes my favorites outdoor quotes for learning.

Montessori Quotes for Outdoor Learning

Montessori Outdoor Learning Quotes

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ Kafka

There is so much truth to this quote. I chose to add this quote in outdoor learning because the ability to see beauty is so present in the outdoor environment. Get outdoors and you will never grow old.

Brother Eagle Sister Sky

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”  ~ Chief Seattle

Brother Eagle Sister Sky Quote

One of my all-time favorite books for children because it tells a historic tale with a huge message behind it. I love the illustrations of the book and the message is extremely powerful.

Building on Nature - Book for Outdoor Learning

“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” ~ Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi Quote

Another favorite book on our reference shelves. The book is called Building on Nature. Every Antoni Gaudi work integrates nature. He had an eye and brought it into his work in an astounding way.

Outdoor Learning Quotes

Fruit and Vegetables Display

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” ~ Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Quote

This quote embodies outdoor learning.  Avoid processed, factory-manufactured food. Stick to one ingredient and know from where your food came.

Charles Dickens Quote

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drinks the drink, tastes the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” ~John Burroughs

“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” ~ David Polis

A person standing in the fog in the forest

“Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” ~ Walt Whitman

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~ Sonnet XCVIII

One of the most captivating moments of the year is when the birds begin chirping and the blossoms begin blooming. April is the month of showers but it truly does bring May flowers.

“Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.” ~ The Audubon Nature Preschool

A little boy exploring a rainforeast

Yes, yes, yes. Being outdoors is THE best teacher for young children, heck, for all of us! The fresh air, the movement of our bodies, and the multi-sensory experiences. Nothing beats that type of learning. Kids soak it all in.

Nighttime reflection over a lake

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

I can only wish for those “clean slate” moments when the world is truly at our fingertip. So much possibility. So much hope.

Winter Activities for the Outdoors - Quotes for Outdoor Learning

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir

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