Each week PGS spends one entire morning at our outdoor campus, learning from our environment. We fill our day with unstructured play, teachable moments arising from the natural world, and a designed curriculum.
Students guide the morning with their interests. One morning they were gathering nesting materials for their bird family units. Other days they are making natural potions to heal the wounded, or building shelters to hide in.
Later, a hike starts as we keep our eyes and ears open for anything exciting. Journaling is a strong focus during our days outside. The students act as naturalists through their observations, patience, and sense of wonder. Their science journals are filled with their experiences and learnings throughout the year.
Curriculum topics have been watersheds, birds and migration, a wetland service project, and surprise lessons with Lon Drake.