Every year we take the 6th grade students to Outdoor School or Science Camp for a week, Monday to Friday. I’ve always thought that it was a great experience for the students as they get to have “hands-on, experiential approach to science education, and focus on adventure, self-discovery, and environmental stewardship”. They get to explore different eco-systems such as the redwoods, marsh, beach, oaks, and meadows to name a few.
This year, as I looked at the program through the EFL principles, I was able to understand the benefits of this experience in even more depth. The students mellowed with their exposure and close contact with nature. The jaded facade that they had begun to wear as they grew use to middle school melted away and their childhood wonder came out to shine. What a great experience!