One thing Covid has given us is understanding just how powerful it is to have children educated outdoors. Now that schools are opening up again, we are committed to providing children with a day in the fresh air, with constant activity, intense concentration, and the unfettered curiosity that is provoked by learning within nature.
Treewild Forest Classroom, in Shelburne, VT, is a once-a-week outdoor school program for children who thrive in nature-based, hands-on educational settings. Held on Tuesdays (k-2) and Wednesdays (3rd-up,) students spend one day a week expanding their science, math, literacy, and social emotional skills through hands-on, outdoor activities. Treewild Forest Classroom meets from 9am to 3pm. We will begin the week of September 28th, 2021, and follow the CVSD school calendar for major holidays.
Some recent highlights have included
- learning about erosion by planting trees along a riverbank,
- building bird houses after studying local bird species, and
- using physics to construct a bridge crossing the local pond.
Led by the renowned outdoor classroom specialist, Joplin James, the Treewild program is designed for public, private, and home-school students to have an outdoor educational day that augments and enhances the academics that they are getting during the rest of the week.