Outdoor Education Benefits Students by...

  • Improving Academic Achievement. OE improves test scores by providing students with engaging lessons about the natural world that can be applied to all subject areas and grades.

  • Breaking the Indoor Habit. OE offers an antidote to the plugged-in lives of today's generation, which is the first to grow up indoors. Children who experience school grounds or play areas with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of good nutrition, more creative, and more civil to one another.

  • Improving Student Health. OE gets students outdoors and active, and helps to address common health issues in children today, such as obesity, attention deficit disorder, and depression.

  • Supporting STEM. OE offers and engaging platorm for gaining and applying knowlege and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

  • Meeting 21st Century Needs. OE emphasizes skills essential for succeeding in tomorrow's world, such as questioning, investigating, defining problems, analyzing, interpreting, reasoning, developing conclusions, and solving problems.

  • Cultivating Leadership Qualities. OE emphasizes cooperative learning with others, critical thinking and discussion, and a focus on action strategies with real-world applications.

  • Improving Focus and Cognition. OE increases the ability of students to focus and improves their cognitive abilities. Children with attention-deficit disorder also benefit from more exposure to nature-the greener a child's everyday environment, the more manageable their symptoms are.