Greenbrier school kids from grades 1-8 were on hand at SFNC with their Counseling Associate teachers on June 3-6; approximately 20 different students came each day to walk the trails with South Fork docents and study plant and animal life.
Lunchtime brought out sacks the students had brought with them; then each student skewered a hot dog on his fork and roasted it over the fire in the pavilion fire pit. So, all fed and feeling good, students returned to their studies in nature for the afternoon; some returned to a trail walk, others played a nature game, and some hiked to a circle of benches to learn more about the “out-of-doors.
Learning about the environment, the plants and animals and their ecology, and doing so in the outdoor classroom followed South Fork’s motto:
“No child left inside to stamp out the nature deficit syndrome…more sun-time and less screen-time!”