ERIC Number: ED081147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Handicapped Children's Nature Study Center: A Cooperative Project in Outdoor Education. End of Project Report.
Lanaghan, David M.
Presented is the end of project report of the handicapped children's nature study center and outdoor education program (funded through Title III), a cooperative science/special education project serving approximately 1,000 children in the Muscatine-Scott County School System in Iowa. A 6 acre land strip bordered by a creek and a river is said to have been developed with such features as forts, a pond, a garden, a study center, a trail for wheelchairs, and a camping area. Major program objectives are given, which include providing handicapped students with experiences and knowledge they can use on their own or with friends and families, and increasing effective and efficient learning. Reported are student experiences, such as a half day Winter Olympics, a litter collecting contest, and preparation of bird feeders and nesting materials by multihandicapped preschool children. Examples of enrichment and curriculum extension activities, which involved the outdoor education consultant who worked with teachers in 10 schools in seven towns, are listed, such as collecting insects, constructing terrariums, and visiting interest areas (such as rock quarries or a fish hatchery). Also listed are the numbers of times various classes visited the center, the classes' projects and activities, and visits by outside groups, such as the Optimist Club. Program effectiveness is discussed in relation to continuing the project after federal funds cease, soliciting facility use by more groups, and instituting a camping program. Included are sample lessons for retarded students, a dissemination report, a fact sheet, a map, issues of "The Acorn" (environmental education news), and a reprint of a newspaper clipping. (MC)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Muscatine-Scott County School System, Davenport, IA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III