Taking Part

Why you should join in on Empty Classroom Day?

Learning goes WILD on Thursday 18th May 2017 as part of Empty Classroom Day – a GLOBAL campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play!

This is the perfect antidote to the testing culture – anyone that has seen the effect of taking children outdoors to learn and play in the real world knows how powerful such experiences can be.

Our aim is to get as many children as possible outside for at least one lesson in the school day and for playtimes to be celebrated too.

Sign up to be part of Empty Classroom Day today!

Benefits Include

  • 1. Enhanced
    Social Skills
  • 2. Enhanced
    Problem Solving
  • 3. Team Working
  • 4. Seriously
    Fun & addictive!!
A great day, really glad we took part! The kids loved it.

Play for Today, Prepared for Tomorrow

Lessons learnt outdoors often stay with us for life, whether they are maths, science or literacy skills. Getting outdoors helps us focus, there is more to write about, more to discover and can simply be more fun.


Play is important too! Children that have the freedom to play today – making friends, getting lost in the moment, having fun – are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them. Outdoors it is just easier to learn critical life skills, such as resilience, teamwork, leadership and creativity.


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The founders

Who is behind Empty Classroom Day?

Empty Classroom Day has grown from just a handful of schools in 2011 to over 1500 in 2016, with schools from 15 countries participating last year. The day was created by Anna Portch with the support of teachers and educators at London Sustainable Schools Forum (LSSF) to encourage London schools to learn outside and to celebrate all the great environmental education taking place.

LEEF (London Environmental Educators Forum) members have taken the lead in delivering the day delivering a wide range of environmental education activities with London schools. In the beginning it was members of these forums that led the way in taking pupils outside and providing resources for schools to learn outside. Project Dirt played a leading role promoting the day and provided the forum where ideas and inspiration for learning outside were shared.

Anna has now joined the Eco Schools Team within Keep Britain Tidy, a UK based environmental charity. Keep Britain Tidy are now the lead organisation behind Empty Classroom Day in the UK. 

Empty Classroom Day so inspired the Dirt is Good team from Unilever, the team working with Persil, Omo, Rinso and other laundry brands, that they decided to back the campaign not only here in the UK but globally! Watch out for more dates and news from countries across the world as we build a movement to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play every day.

We can't just think about the kind of world we leave our children. We have to think about the kind of children we leave our world.


Help to spread the word about Empty Classroom Day! Share this page and get your friends and colleagues on board.

Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!

Thanks for joining the movement we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂 Check out the resources tabs for ideas for the day – and to make learning and play part of every day!

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly, but in the meantime why not print out this poster and take it to a teacher you know…?

Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!