Outdoor Classroom

Walking Paths, Raised Garden Beds, Bird Houses, Butterfly House, Rabbit Hutch, Bat House, Music Area, Weather Station, and More...


 Future Sight
2020-2021 Academic Year

 "A fundamental principle of the Outdoor Classroom is children's right to initiate their own activities. Children need to explore, imagine, try new things, and learn alone or with friends.



The Outdoor Classroom shifts Early Childhood Education from a primarily indoor, teacher-initiated model to one that embraces outdoor, child-initiated play as critical to children's well-being. By moving children and their activities outdoors, the character and type of what they do are transformed.

The goal of the outdoor classroom is simple: to increase the quantity, quality, and benefits of outdoor experiences for our students. The outdoor classroom helps to restore the traditional benefits of childhood by:
1. Getting children outside and more active. 
2. Involving children in hands-on, outdoor play. 3. Connecting children to nature in ways that encourage them to connect more deeply to science and God’s creation.
4. Teaching children about cause and effect through outdoor and interpersonal activities.
5. Providing children with a wide range of activities that support their holistic development.



Thank you to our community partners who are helping to make this project possible!

Knights of Columbus

Eagle Scout Project
in The Nature Lab

Michael Astfalk will be doing his Eagle Scout project in The Nature Lab.  Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. 

Michael is a junior in high school and a member of Boy Scout Troop 594. He is also a graduate of Seven Sorrows School.  He first started scouts as a Cub Scout in first grade at Pack113. Since then, he worked his way up to the rank of life scout.

He is excited to start working on his Eagle Scout project at SSBVM, where he will be putting in the patio and raised garden beds.