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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Outdoor classrooms : a handbook for school gardens (2008)


Nuttall C, Millington J


PI Productions Photography


Palmwoods, Qld





Outdoor classrooms explores the many benefits a school garden offers when it is creatively used as an outdoor classroom. It offers tips for teachers for practical gardening and learning how best to integrate a garden into a school community. It gives instructions on setting up a garden and suggests ways in which the outdoor classroom can be incorporated into all levels of the school curriculum. There is a lot of emphasis on setting up vegetable gardens which, whilst providing fresh fruit and vegetables, can also teach the children about food issues, economic concerns, human and planetary health, and future sustainability.

There is also useful information on the history of school gardens and their benefits, and some creative ideas that a teacher might like to incorporate into their planning.

This resource is only available in hard copy. For online order enquiries please phone the mobile number listed in the contact details.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

When to use this resource

This book is useful for providing practical advice on setting up outdoor classrooms or community gardens as well as providing background information on outdoor classrooms. Although the book is written for teachers, it could be used by someone who was working with teachers or schools to establish gardens.

Outdoor classrooms can also be used to provide practical tips for setting up community gardens.

Contact details

Permaculture Research Institute of Australia
1158 Pinchins Road
The Channon NSW 2480
Ph: (02) 6688 6578



Last updated: 28 October 2015
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