Elementary, secondary students learn from each other in outdoor education program

ss-9The end of April saw more than 100 Steele Street Public School students connect with student leaders from Eastview Secondary School’s outdoor education program for a day filled with hands-on activities and joint learning opportunities.

The program, which was funded by the Ministry of Education, brought Steele Street students in Grades 1 to 3 to the Simcoe County District School Board’s Education Centre in Midhurst to be guided through outdoor activities by 10 Eastview students.

The students used the forest setting at the Education Centre for various activities, including:

  • a look and seek nature find
  • animal information orienteering
  • campfire songs
  • nature sketching
  • leaf and bark rubbing
  • outdoor classroom exploration
  • free play and outdoor games

“This program was designed to build outdoor literacy skills, promote physical activity and allow our children to explore nature in a new setting,” said Dianna Wright-Drzazga, Principal, Steele Street Public School. “There was also a great benefit to having our elementary students learn from secondary students. It showed both groups of students what is involved in being an engaging leader.”

The program will continue later this May with the Steele Street Kindergarten students taking part.

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