Outdoor Classroom Day – May 17th

You're invited to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont invites you and your students to join millions of teachers and children around the world in participating in a day of outdoor learning and play! When: May 17, 2018 Who: You and your students Where: Your Schoolyard What: Outdoor Classroom Day is an all-day educational event [...]

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Council of Beings

Smokies to Schoolyard Connection - Outdoor Lessons for Educators The following is designed to be taught as a unit, where each step of the learning cycle corresponds with a day in class. The Council of Beings* is an activity during which students personify aspects of nature to promote the concept of stewardship and an increased [...]

By | 2018-04-05T06:43:25+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Announcements, News, Teacher Resources|Comments Off on Council of Beings

Observe & Conquer

Smokies to Schoolyard Connection - Outdoor Lessons for Educators “To experience the world in memorable ways, we need to treat perception as an active process of recognizing, probing, questioning, comparing, opinions, and feeling.”  – Ed Cooke, The Guardian Too often, students are told that there is only one correct answer to a question, and that there [...]

By | 2018-02-24T09:40:36+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Announcements, News, Teacher Resources|Comments Off on Observe & Conquer

Decomposition…In Your Schoolyard!

Did you know that “a forest produces about a pound of dead leaves and wood per square yard every year?" (Brooke Friesen, Walking Mountains Science Center) The world around us is constantly decaying and regenerating, whether we see it or not. As investigators, you and your students can dive into the life cycle of your schoolyard to [...]

By | 2018-01-24T12:20:32+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Announcements, News, Teacher Resources|Comments Off on Decomposition…In Your Schoolyard!

Have You Ever Met a Tree?

The humidity today is hovering around ninety percent and the temperature on the ridgeline feels right about the same. I, nine students, and another teacher are in the process of getting cooked as we make our way down the trail. The gentle murmuring of students and the occasional rock being innocently (or not [...]

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