Learning Inside Out Outdoor Classroom Initiative

Outdoor education is a powerful tool that all schools can use to deliver for their students. That's why the Rhode Island Department of Education launched the $7.5 million Learning Inside Out Outdoor Classroom Initiative in December 2022. In May 2023, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved 89 projects across 29 local education agencies (LEAs), with additional funds approved for accompanying statewide professional development.

The focus of the initiative is to create, enhance, and support equitable access to natural resources for all students, while promoting environmental literacy and community connection. Together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, RIDE developed a competitive application process that prioritizes sustainability and equity. 

Important Resources

Learning Inside Out January Webinar for LEAs

The School Building Authority, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hosted an informational webinar about RIDE's Learning Inside Out Outdoor Classroom Initiative on January 17. 


Kids Outdoors

Edible Gardens Learning Opportunity

The F2S Network offered free training and technical support for Learning Inside Out applications that are inclusive of an edible garden component. If you are interested in learning more, reach out to stephanie@farmfreshri.org.

Other Grant/Funding/Technical Assistance Opportunities:

  • Every Kid Outdoors (U.S. National Park Service)
  • Outdoor Learning Store
  • Upcoming funding opportunities through the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service and other agencies and organizations will be shared here