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Sara Windjue

Stevens Point, WI, United States


McDill Elementary became a Sprout Green & Healthy School in the spring of 2016. It quickly became apparent that the Green & Healthy School culture was already a part of McDill due to the activities the students were involved with, many having community connections. In the fall of 2015, Physical Education teacher, Courtney Vaughan, involved all of her classes in the Green Apple Day of Service event in September. That event launched the development and maintenance of trails in the 5 acre woodlot on the school grounds. During the winter of 2015/16, students utilized the trails for skiing and snowshoeing and brainstormed trail names. In February, students voted on their favorite names, and due to a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), we were able to purchase materials for trail signs and items for the outdoor classroom. SPASH wood students and their teachers, Mike and Nate Olson, were able to carve the signs for us. Eagle Scout Aidan McManus built a podium and board for the outdoor classroom. And on Earth Day 2016, we were able to celebrate these successes during the first Candlelight Hike at McDill in the woods. This event brought together approx. 300 school community members to celebrate what we have. This video highlights one year of activities in the McDill woods.

Developing Outdoor Learning Opportunities at McDill Elementary

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