Regional District 13 has had a formal outdoor education program since 1977. The program primarily serves grades K-6. The primary purpose of the program is to supplement, enrich, and enhance inquiry-based classroom instruction in key curriculum areas by utilizing the natural environment. Emphasis is on the use of school grounds, state parks, and local conservation areas as outdoor classrooms. Outdoor education field trips span our State, from the ocean to the forests, as students learn about the diverse ecosystems, geographic features, and cultural heritages that characterize their environment. From kindergarten explorations of Portland's cranberry bog to sixth graders' studies of the vernal pools that border Memorial School, District students learn about how they can interact with and learn from the natural world.
Outdoor education program goals include:
Two part-time outdoor education specialists, Marcy Klattenberg and Lorrie Martin, support classroom teachers by teaching classroom lessons, facilitating field trips, conducting nature walks on the three elementary nature trails, and providing professional development for teachers.
Our elementary students are especially fortunate to have the use of a nature trail and outdoor classroom at each of the three schools.