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Spring 2020 at The Outdoor Classroom:  The Forest Ecosystem

Bring a class or group of ten or more 1st-5th grade students to the Outdoor Classroom this Spring to learn more about the Forest Ecosystem! Contact Amy.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.com for more information.

The spring season runs from approximately April 21 – June 5 on weekday mornings excluding Mondays. A day at the Classroom typically begins around 10am for your students. There are two environmental education activities in the morning, followed by a 20 minute lunch break, and two more activities in the afternoon. We wrap up so that your students can catch the bus by 1:15 pm. Timing is flexible for groups traveling from off-island. 

The majority of our environmental education activities take place outdoors, on the trails of our nature preserve property. Typically one of our four daily activities takes place inside the classroom itself.  

Classes are filled first come first serve. For schools or groups outside of South Whidbey School District, there is a $5 fee per student to help cover our program costs. Please email Amy for availability and to sign your classroom up for a day of lessons!

Reminders for classroom teachers: 

Chaperones: All grades need at least two chaperones so that each small group has one chaperone in attendance. We welcome all adults who would like to attend.

Contact Information: Outdoor Classroom Coordinator, Amy McInerney. Amy.WhidbeyWatersheds@gmail.com. Outdoor Classroom Office:  360-579-1272.  Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 617, Langley, WA 98260. Physical Address: 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton, 98236

Groups: We have four stations through which students rotate. Visiting groups need to be divided into four groups total (if you have two classes coming from your school, each needs to be split in half for four groups total).

What to Bring: It is always cooler here, so encourage kids to dress in layers. On rainy days, please send students with rain coats and boots if possible. Please have students wear strung/hanging name tags (no stickers, please!) that are legible for our Volunteer Instructors to read all day.

Lunch: Students should bring packed lunches that do not require a microwave or stove. We do not have garbage service so we ask that students take their garbage back to school or home with them.

Read below for this season’s Curriculum Descriptions, along with applicable NGSS education standards:

Spring 2020: “The Forest Ecosystem”

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