ERIC Number: ED440818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Cispus: Experiences in Green.
Association of Washington School Principals, Olympia.
This document describes the facilities, grounds, and resources of the Cispus Learning Center in Randle, Washington, and presents lessons plans for outdoor and environmental education. The Cispus Learning Center is located on a tree-clad 45-acre site bordering Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southeast Washington. Constructed in 1964-65, the facility includes heated dormitories with showers and toilet facilities, dining hall, auditorium, education building with various resources and natural history displays, lounge, play fields, gymnasium, dispensary, covered pavilion, meeting rooms, campfire circle, trails for hiking and nature study, and ropes courses. Users of the Learning Center present their own programs and can draw on abundant and varied wildlife, trees and plants, geologic features, and sites for aquatic investigations. The trails and physical facilities are described in detail, and general information, typical schedules, available resources, building plans, and site maps are provided for program planning. A brief handbook for student counselors is included. Lessons plans include focus, group size, time and materials required, physical setting, handouts, and instructions for group activities. The lesson plans are presented in the following categories: (1) star watching (constellations, moon, and meteors); (2) rocks, erosion, soil, and the geology of the Cispus Valley; (3) local landmarks (Mt. St. Helens, caves, and archeology); (4) safety practices and survival skills; (5) water resources, endangered species, wildlife management, and conservation; (6) ecology (animal adaptation, food chains, biodiversity, and plants in the ecosystem); and (7) other lessons (creative writing, food, observation, and weather). (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Association of Washington School Principals, Olympia.