As part of our classroom experience we offer an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom provides a space for learning about nature and the practical life work of gardening, raking, weed pulling, and other outdoor tasks. With the direction of our outdoor classroom guide, this prepared environment is rich in hands-on science lessons that incorporate language and math extension opportunities. From bird watching, to volcano experiments, to life-cycle lessons, to feeding hummingbirds, to using a hammer and nails…our students flourish in the outdoor classroom.
- This outdoor classroom is available to our primary and elementary students. Each primary classroom has a back door which allows the children to flow in and out, making this a free choice throughout the morning work cycle. The elementary children have designated days and various responsibilities in the outdoor environment. In addition to their student roles, the elementary children serve as leaders of the school community and caretakers of the various gardens. The outdoor classroom is an exciting extension of our classroom environments.
“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” – Dr. Maria Montessori