Experiential Learning in Nature
Can you identify the tree on the left? What about the one on the right? Does it matter if you can or cannot? (The one on the left is a young cherry tree. The one on the right is a mature cherry tree.)
A growing body of research points to the fact that children in urban environments are growing more disconnected from the natural environment. Experts state that a connection to the natural world is important, not only so that children grow up to be good ecological stewards, but also because spending time outdoors is emotionally, spiritually, and physically rewarding.
We are fortunate here at Richland that our backyard lies along the Saigeon Trail. This rich ecosystem provides our students with great opportunities to learn in a natural setting. We make the most of our fortunate location by timetabling a nature walk each week, in each class. By including nature walks as part of our curricular planning we ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment on a regular basis, rather than just on occasion.
Teachers are happy to have parents participate in the weekly nature walks, so please feel free to contact your child's teacher if you would like to be involved. As one student said to me last week, "Trees are my favourite things ever."
Head of School