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The Critical Investment into Outdoor Education: An Investment too Valuable to Ignore

Terry Hoyle, Principal

Tim McClure, Facilities, Planning & Construction

Scott Layne, Deputy Superintendent for Operations/Chief Operating Officer

Stantec; Northwest ISD; Dallas ISD

Domains: Process, Learning, Context

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A602

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 3:15 pm


Outdoor education has long been an area where educators have introduced the sciences to students at an early age. Students have typically gone on day trips or overnight "camps" to explore the wonder the outdoors has to offer. While this is an opportunity for some, for most school systems this has either never been practical or is becoming more difficult with growing populations and related costs. A case study of two outdoor learning centers will address how districts can meet and go beyond the normal expectations for outdoor learning.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to compare costs to sending their kids to camp versus operating an outdoor learning center
  2. Participants will be able to envision the opportunities possible when running your own outdoor education center
  3. Participants will begin to imagine how to partner with others to make an outdoor learning center a reality
  4. Participants will see how physical improvements to their center can add value to their programs