ERIC Number: ED287655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Developing an Outdoor Education Program for Public Schools. Fact Sheet.
Euler, James S.
Education in, for, and about the outdoors is an effective way to develop students' knowledge and appreciation of their environment, to stimulate their curiosity, and to motivate them to learn. Steps involved in establishing an outdoor education program for public schools include: (1) gaining support of school teachers and administrators, parents, and community members; (2) drafting a definite plan with specific recommendations on site locations, topics of study, schedules for the school year, and estimated costs; and (3) securing funding. Although science subjects (biology and geology) are especially suited to outdoor education, traditional classroom subjects such as math, music, and language arts can be taught. Sites can include gardens, farms, cemeteries, city parks and recreation areas, ponds, streams, forests, zoos, nature centers, fish hatcheries, and garbage dumps. Locations should have several types of topography or other unusual features, provide privacy, and have no hazards to students' safety. Administrative barriers to consider are class scheduling, transportation, and legal liability. Training in natural science, philosophy, and outdoor conservation can be provided for teachers through universities and existing outdoor education programs in 21 states. Eight sources of in-depth information on establishing an outdoor education program are listed. (NEC)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Guidelines, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Program Development, Public Schools, Scheduling, Site Selection, Teacher Education
ERIC/CRESS, New Mexico State University, Department 3AP, Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.