Eatontown Middle School – Voyagers’ Outdoor School
In Grades 6-8, are increasingly aware of their talents and interests and show a higher level of critical thinking. This is a time of personal, academic, and worldly discovery. These children begin to know themselves; confidence reaches new heights and they don’t forget how much there is to learn.
Emergent, Nature-based Learning Environment
Our Outdoor School, created to facilitate students’ learning and personal growth and development, is key to our success.
By venturing outside, children are able to witness first-hand how the local environment is constantly changing and impacting their surroundings in significant ways.
Using a scientific and hands-on approach, students learn how the human connection to nature has changed throughout history.
For about 10 hours each week, the faculty and students enjoy:
- nature walks
- orienteering and
- environmental and history studies
They study traditional content in Science, Global Studies, Math, and Literacy. The learning continues when they return from their outdoor lab to the classroom.
Research shows that learning outside of the classroom, through skilled teaching and facilitation, provides a more direct and motivating experience. Outdoor learning becomes a stimulating source for active thinking and problem-solving, as well as cooperative interaction.
Whether experimenting through sight, sound, smell or touch, learning in a natural environment allows students to gather data in real-time and capture real results. This enables them to respond to challenges and responsibilities in ways not possible in the classroom.
By broadening horizons and stimulating new interests, students discover their potential. Inspiring students to cross traditional boundaries, and learn from personal experiences, is what our middle school classroom and our Outdoor School lab are all about.