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Groundbreaking Outdoor Classroom Now Open for Instruction!

Malletts Bay School fourth-grade teacher Kate Ellingson instructs her students in the school's new outdoor classroom.
Malletts Bay School fourth-grade teacher Kate Ellingson instructs her students in the school’s new outdoor classroom.

In our April 3 Spotlight article, we announced the construction of an outdoor classroom at Malletts Bay School in collaboration with community volunteers and students from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

And now that outdoor classroom is ready and open for use!


Watch the outdoor classroom’s construction in action in this Fox 44 news story. And please click here to view this WCAX news story, which offers not only a peek at the classroom’s construction but also its use by fourth-grade teacher Kate Ellingson’s class (check out her classroom blog here).


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The outdoor classroom boasts bird feeders, a footbridge, picnic tables, benches, a chalkboard, and more.
The outdoor classroom boasts bird feeders, a footbridge, picnic tables, benches, a chalkboard, and more.

“Studies show that schools that used outdoor classrooms and other forms of nature-based experiential education saw significant gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math,” said UVM student and project consultant Jason Marchand. “We believe that experiential learning in an outdoor classroom can only complement the curriculum-based teaching that occurs within the confines of a traditional classroom. We hope to provide these students with the necessary space to reap the benefits of learning in an outdoor setting, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to change the way they look at education.”

This project speaks directly to the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s emphasis on High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners; Learning Outside Our Four Walls; Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners; and Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners.

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