Elementary students are taking learning outside with a brand new outdoor classroom.
The new space was opened during the spring. There are discovery trails, classroom seating, and Eastern Bluebird houses on the two acre wooded area.
The outdoor classroom will be included in the science curriculum, giving students a chance to experience hands on learning outside, according to Madison School Principal Karl Bancker.
“It’s an opportunity in the middle of not a whole lot of nature on the north side of town to have an outdoor classroom,” he said. “It’s not large, but it’s big enough to do a number of things out there.”
Among the resources included in the classroom, there are binoculars, magnifying glasses, and reference books for identifying birds and leaves.
It has taken about a year for staff members and volunteers to develop the outdoor space. The effort was to make it easy for children to use. Grants from Lowe’s Home Improvement and the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance were awarded to the school’s Green and Healthy School team.