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Outdoor Learning

A picture of students with mud on their hands at the OLC
Amy Hollenshead

Amy Hollenshead

OLC Coordinator 

When students are learning outdoors, they are:

  • Developing their curiosity by asking questions about our natural world.
  • Creating connections to nature to develop future environmentally-conscious attitudes, behaviors and decisions
  • Experiencing learning that transfers reading and writing, social studies, math and science, art, and other disciplinary knowledge and skills, in new contexts

Why is outdoor learning a priority to NISD?

We believe experiences in nature can improve academic outcomes and promote whole child growth for physical, emotional and social well-being.

We encourage daily opportunities to play, learn or explore outdoors. Here are some ideas to get you outdoors in your backyard, community or on the road!

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.

David Sobel