Saturday 3rd Mar 2018
When the formal learning process moves from the traditional classroom into a natural environment, the benefits add up. Students bring a wealth of knowledge and curiosity to outdoor learning, and no lesson plan can rival when a student experiences a connection with the complexities of the natural world.
This symposium will identify and examine the broader educational and social-emotional benefits of environmental learning. Attendees will explore Seattle Public Schools’ Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School, and learn first-hand how a pioneering program focused on environmental learning was successfully accommodated in a challenging urban setting. Discussions will explain the relationship between biophilic design principles and environmental learning, revealing numerous benefits.
Presentations and discussions will focus on the stimulating role that environmental STEM subjects play in increasing the relevance of students’ inquiries, and demonstrate the planning process that went into establishing such a groundbreaking program. Attendees will be able to examine the teaching experience through the lens of the science coordinator, now that Hazel Wolf is in its second year of operation.