The Outdoor Learning Village will be an expansive and dynamic teaching center built near the creek within our wooded, 10-acre Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) adjacent to our main campus. It is designed as a safe and creative space where students may engage in learning experiences that reinforce classroom concepts. Students will also learn vital spiritual truths as they grow in knowledge and appreciation of others and the natural world. This two-story structure will serve as the hub for outdoor instruction, hands-on experimentation, and STEM activities. It will also provide a setting for Bible, social studies, art, and literature classes as well as school community activities.
Phase One of our Outdoor Learning Village will provide
- A spacious science lab
- A multipurpose classroom, which will also serve as a media center and conference area
- Student-centered learning centers both indoors and outside
- Outdoor study areas on the first and ground floors
- Elevated, open-air deck with classroom seating
- Restrooms and facilities needed as a base for outdoor instruction and other events
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plans and animal life and to care for none of these things.”
– Charlotte Mason
Outdoor Education has been shown to:
- improve academic enthusiasm, good behavior, attendance, and overall physical and mental health
- support creativity and problem solving
- develop independence, confidence, empathy, collaboration skills, and self-discipline
- increase an awareness of God as our creator and an appreciation for his creation.
- decrease symptoms of ADHD
- reinforce learning through contextual application of classroom concepts
- reduce stress levels of students (and teachers!)
“Learning is more than memorizing facts and passing tests. Outdoor learning connects the classroom to the real world in a way that equips students to make a difference in their present and future sphere of influence.”
– Angie Pleasant, MGCS STEM Coordinator
Students thrive in learning environments where they can
- experience a sense of wonder
- engage in authentic, hands-on learning experiences
- grow in their knowledge of the natural world.
- explore within a dynamic environment that is both safe and adventurous
- connect our community to promote environmental stewardship and experiential learning
Our outdoor learning program will benefit our students as well as families in our community through summer programming as we seek to collaborate with local educators, partner with other agencies and serve our community through programs and services designed to promote environmental stewardship and experiential learning.
We plan to begin construction in Spring 2020. Please consider supporting this project.
- Make a gift in any amount at our online giving portal.
- Purchase a commemorative brick. Your personalized engraved brick will be permanently installed to form a border around the ground floor and entrance to the OLV. You may choose to remember a loved one, honor a former or current student, share a Bible verse or a message. Show your support by simply putting your family’s name on your brick. The deadline to order bricks is October 11. Learn more here.