Meadowview Magnet Middle school has completed phase one of its outdoor education center.
Earlier this summer the Surry County Education Foundation funded the “outdoor classroom” for the district’s Science Institute.
The classroom is nestled between the woods and the existing half-mile walking trail on the property. The first phase was completed with a $15,000 grant from the educational foundation.
The trail will also feature identification plaques for different tree species.
“I am a big proponent of experiential and outdoor learning,” said Jeff Edwards, Science Institute coordinator
The classroom will focus this year on soil science, plant identification and life cycle activities, according to Edwards.
Edwards referred to a book he had read towards the beginning of the summer written by Richard Louv titled “Last Child in the Woods.” According to Edwards the book referred to children having a nature deficit disorder.
“Kids would rather play the Nintendo, iPod or iPad than go outside,” he explained.
Edwards hopes that the outdoor classroom will help close that divide between kids and the outdoors.
Edwards expressed his gratitude toward the education foundation for its support of the project.
Although the outdoor education center was built at Meadowview Magnet school, its use is intended for all county schools. “If a teacher wants to use the classroom we will work with them on a curriculum and time to come,” added Edwards.
Meadowview Magnet Middle School is curriculum focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Any student attending a county school is able to attend the school after applying.
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