Outdoor Classroom Adventures: Students work cooperatively when facing challenges during overnight camping trips

Journal Article by: Kathy Jacobs Maher Digital resources are stored online in your NSTA Library.

In this outdoor classroom adventure, students learn to work cooperatively when facing challenges during overnight camping trips. Perhaps most importantly, students gain direction and purpose in their lives. They also gain self-assurance, which in turn gives promise—a promise that they can do whatever they set their minds to. Further, by camping and using the world as one giant outdoor classroom, the author encourages a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to science that will stimulate students’ minds throughout life.

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A selection from Science and Children—February 2000

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  • on Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:48 PM

The author describes two programs she helped to develop to encourage students to go outside and experience nature. She briefly describes an outdoor classroom developed for an elementary where students were allowed to camp out there and observe nature first-hand. But the majority of the article focuses on a similar middle level program, where for lack of immediate space, students camped at local parks and nature areas. She goes on to describe how students not only develop an appreciation of nature but of cooperation.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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