Establishing a Nature Connection
Recurring experiences in nature during childhood improve a child’s well being, spark creativity and big-picture thinking, and enable them to envision their place in the world. At MVCS, we embrace the natural landscape as an educational tool, repeatedly visiting outdoor sites during the course of the school year to build an emotional connection between children and the earth.
Like our students, nature is dynamic, constantly changing from day to day and month to month. Our 38-acre forest campus provides endless opportunities for students' curiosity. As students become comfortable in our outdoor space, they become keen observers of their surroundings.
From the more obvious (leaf color changes), to the most subtle (the size and shape of pine needles), each natural shift prompts us to question, search, observe, and hypothesize, leading students down multiple lines of inquiry. Healthy, engaged, and aware children are best equipped to build the sustainable future that MVCS promotes through nature-based education. Explore some of our nature connections below.
Special places on our campus provide lasting connections between students and the land.
From planting to harvest to compost, on and off-campus activities give students hands-on experiences in the life-cycles of plants.
Moving through our network of nature trails provides a holistic learning experience, connecting mind, body, and place.
With a careful eye, students monitor their surroundings and record their observations in journals.
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