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A certified nature explore outdoor classroom

A certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom

KHCPL is the first library in Indiana to create a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom (NEOC) thanks to memorial gifts, grants, donations, and volunteers

A list of all upcoming events at the NEOC can be found here

What's an Outdoor Classroom?

So what is an outdoor classroom? Just what its name suggests: an outdoor place where children can learn. Outdoor is the key word. Child development research shows that children need and benefit from more time outdoors.“The retention rate for learning by doing is 75 percent compared with just 5 percent for lecture-based learning,” according to a Bethel Learning Institute study. “When students are learning outdoors, they are using all of their senses and their abilities to absorb and take in information. They are also learning an appreciation for nature and developing active stewardship for the natural areas in their communities.”

“We want every child to succeed in school and at life,” said Faith Brautigam, Director of KHCPL. “In children, play creates the foundation for future learning. Our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom encourages exploration and imaginative play in a natural environment that helps to develop physical abilities and cognitive skills. As a destination for families, school groups, early childhood students, and the conservation-minded, it’s an added attraction for Russiaville and Howard County.”

For more information about Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms, click here.