Happy Birthday NCTC Nature Explore Classroom!

Nature Nuggets in the Mud // Photo Credit: Children

One year ago, the Children’s Tree House blossomed into a full-fledged Nature Explore outdoor classroom with opportunities galore for children to discover nature on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports Nature Explore classrooms as one way to further the Service’s priority of Connecting People with Nature. Children use their five senses to experience, learn, and grow in a natural setting as they discover, ponder, and explore nature.

Not only did the Nature Explore classroom celebrate its first birthday in June, but also a group of 20 students from the Student Climate and Conservation Congress gifted four hours as a service project to spruce up the classroom area by staining wood surfaces, mulching, and pulling weeds.

Coinciding with the Nature Explore classroom’s one-year birthday, the Children’s Tree House celebrated International Mud Day by encouraging students to run, slide, and play in the mud. Sitting in the middle of the mud, a little girl smiled up at her teacher and asked, “My hands are hiding--where do you think they are?” These nature nuggets are evidence of the simple sense of wonder children can experience in the Nature Explore classroom.

Learn more about the Nature Explore classroom and the Children’s Tree House.

 -- published --  July 24, 2013
 -- photo credit --  Children's Tree House

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