Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Madison Elementary Celebrates Outdoor Classroom Certification

Posted by John Peck in General

Students of Madison Elementary School and their parents gathered for the Outdoor Classroom Certification Ceremony, on May 15. Madison Elementary School received its certification as an official Outdoor School through the Wildlife Federation’s Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program.

During the ceremony, students spoke about what they have learned from the outdoor classroom and how excited they are to use it. The third grade class sang, “Each of Us Is a Flower,” which went along with the theme of the ceremony.

The garden includes a bat cage, where bats are able to sleep. Bonnie Howard, MES Media Specialist, said she has seen a swarm of bats circling above the garden, ready to use the cage. At the ceremony, it was announced that there are 350 Outdoor Classrooms in Alabama, but this is only the 70th classroom that has been certified in the state.

After the ceremony, a reception was held in the Library Media Center with refreshments for the parents. Guided tours of the outdoor classroom were directed by students. While touring the classroom, students were stationed at each section of the outdoor space to share what they have learned about each plant.

In the garden, there were 600 rocks that were painted by each student at Madison Elementary School. There were also paintings that were created by Bob Jones High School’s art students. The outdoor classroom also includes a butterfly garden, a songbird sanctuary, a weather station, a sensory garden, and outdoor seating.

The outdoor classroom is a great way to get students to use their creative side and get hands-on learning experience. It  would not have been made possible without all the help from sponsors, teachers, faculty, parents, and grants. ....BY BRIANA DAVIS, Public Relations Intern 

Outdoor classroom plant bed and birdhoses

Outdoor classroom plant bed

Kids crowded in gym for outdoor classroom program

Painted rocks in the outdoor classroom

water feature in the outdoor classroom

Student explaining features of outdoor classroom

Outdoor classroom plants

Outdoor classroom featurs

Plants in theoutdoor classroom

irl student explaining plant features iin outdoor classroom


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