Outdoor Education Classes
Sunflower Outdoor Education
Grade: 2 and 3
For: Children ages 6 to 7 years
Teacher: Britt Shellenberger
Meets: Every Friday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuition & Fees
The integration of nature and nature concepts has always been a goal of the Greenwood Tree Curriculum, and this year the children in Grade 2 will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors in an even deeper way. On a weekly basis, the children will spend 2 hours becoming familiar with and integrating the natural world around them through a hands-on, nature based curriculum. This curriculum is complementary and will build on what is being taught in the traditional Grade 2 setting at Greenwood Tree.
The curriculum will include the following elements:
· Observation Skills
· Learning how to discover
· Group Building Games
· Challenge Tasks for the Group
· Nature Art
Grades: 3 to 8
For: Children ages 8 to 14
Teacher: Nessa Emrys
Tuition & Fees
Greenwood Tree's Outdoor Education program will facilitate children in creating a new relationship to themselves, each other, their community, and nature. Students will gather once a month for six hours at different state and local parks in the area.
Children will have the experience of being outside with minimal restrictions, as well as having choices in curriculum, based on their own interests. Teachers will offer tutorials throughout the day, letting children spend their day studying plants, animals, plant spirit medicine, primitive skills, or the ecosystem, as their curiosity leads them. In addition, group activities of wilderness skill games and obstacle courses will help bring the participants into a more cohesive group that learns to rely on each other and the ecosystem around them.
Individual time spent drawing, journaling, and sitting in nature will help students cultivate a sense of self amidst the life around them. A multi-age group allows students to develop their abilities in leadership, working together, and self-confidence. A smaller student-to-teacher ratio will help keep the group feeling vital and alive, meeting even the most reserved or outgoing children's needs.
As children naturally learn to cultivate curiosity and expression, they begin to interact with everything around them in a healthier way. Together, we trust each other’s uniqueness as being a necessary part of life.