Quinault Outdoor Classroom Project
The Quinault Outdoor Classroom Project is currently being developed by the Quinault Division of Natural Resources Forestry Department. The project is dedicated to increasing the quantity, quality and benefit of outdoor experiences for children in the local school districts. This outdoor classroom will feature an interpretive trail, a covered picnic shelter/learning area, and a group learning area. The trail will wind through several age classes of timber, mostly old-growth, and around the headwaters of streams.
Across the Quinault Indian Nation today, children’s health, development, learning, and well-being have been seriously compromised by decades of changes that have dramatically altered their childhood. Key among these changes has been a significantly reduced amount of time spent outdoors, which is linked to a number of other detrimental trends. The Quinault Outdoor Classroom Project is founded on the belief that early care and education programs have the power to address these challenges by providing rich and engaging outdoor learning experiences.
Quinault Outdoor Classroom Enhances Time Outdoors
Research experience are showing that all children need and benefit from more time outdoors; it is critical for their health, self-concept, and future school success. The optimal learning and growing environment for young children is composed of a full integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. The Quinault Outdoor Classroom project enhances and adds to the limited scope of activities available inside confined classrooms by providing for hands-on experiences, physical activity, social-emotional growth through peer interaction, and multifaceted approaches to cognitive development that connect children to nature and maximize their learning outcomes.
The outdoor classroom will provide an interactive learning area and help foster a partnership between the Quinault Division of Natural Resources and the local school in Taholah. Students and teachers will be able to use this classroom as part of their regular curriculum. The Forestry Department hopes to eventually make this learning area available to other local school districts such as Lake Quinault, North Beach, Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
Timber Sale Administrator, Justin Madanifard » 360.276.8215 x563
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