One Muskoka parent is hoping to bring the benefits of an outdoor learning environment to Bracebridge Public School.

Sandra Northmore is working towards this dream through the Canadian Scholarship Trust Inspired Minds Learning Project.

This online contest sees schools from across Canada competing for project funding in either the big or small project categories.

Northmore says she has applied for the small project category and is hoping to win the $20,000 prize to build an outdoor classroom.

The other two options, if the school doesn’t win first prize, are a painted outdoor area for interactive play or just the tiered seating area.

Northmore says this idea came from a discussion arising in the Healthy Schools Committee that she is a part of.

She says it’s important to offer variety in student learning rather than just having them spend most of the day inside in a classroom.

Voting runs until May 16th, and you can vote three times in three different ways: through the regular vote button, the Facebook vote button and the Twitter vote button.

Once the voting period is over the top 20 projects in each category will be judged by a panel made up of Canadian celebrity Ben Mulroney, former astronaut and singer Chris Hadfield, former Olympian and host of the Amazing Race Canada Jon Montgomery and founders of Choir! Choir! Choir! Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman.

To vote for this project, just visit the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project website.