Outdoor Education Program
The Outdoor Education program at Novi Meadows has been in existence since 1974, started by a group of three teachers from Village Oaks. It grew rapidly to include all of the elementary schools, moving to Novi Meadows when the current 5/6 building opened in 1978. It has seen many changes over the years as the curriculum has been refined and classes updated.
Each student will be exposed to six classes which relate to the current Novi Meadows Curriculum for science and language arts. These classes include Team Building, Wildlife, Forest Community, Survival, and Owls. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to go snowshoeing. For many, this is their first time!
In the Team Building class students will do activities working as a team. They will need to work together and use the 7 Habits to accomplish their goal! The Wildlife class explores how animals use their sense of smell to help track their prey. Another activity this class is involved in is the hibernation of animals. Each activity involves a simulation which enables the students to gain a better understanding of the wildlife.
How a forest grows is discussed in the Forest Community class. Here students are also made aware of the ways in which plants and trees aid humans and animals alike. During the Survival class students are exposed to the key elements involved in winter survival in an emergency situation. They have the opportunity to see how fire is started without the aid of matches. Students may also construct a lean-to that could provide emergency shelter in an survival situation. In the Owl class, students learn about the habitat of the owl and his role in the food chain. Students will take a hike and look for owl pellets in the coniferous forest and then return to the classroom to dissect a pellet.
Each afternoon before dinner, students will have a supervised free time period where they have the opportunity to sled, play board games, play tag, read a book, or just relax with friends.
After dinner each evening, the students are involved in two group activities. This year the activities include a presentation on string games. Each student is given a string and instruction to "play" cat's cradle, witch's broom and many more string figures. This is a fun, enjoyable session for the kids and adults alike. The students carry the strings with them for the next few weeks, honing their new found skills. A second activity this year will involve a presentation on Native Americans. Students will be submerged in the life of a Native American and get to see tons of artifacts! Other evening activities the students may partake in include Antique Liars' Club, Outburst, Bingo, or a good old-fashioned camp sing-along.
After their two and half days students return home tired, but with a greater understanding and appreciation of the world and people around them.
Click on the pages below to see the different activities available for the students.
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