Learning outdoors is a fun, novel experience for kids. Whatever subject they are studying, being outside can increase student interest and engagement in the lesson. And the effects last long after they have returned indoors, as recent studies have shown a significant increase in focus once students return to the classroom. For all of us, being outside reduces stress, increases alertness, improves mood, and improves immune function. And students who are healthier, calmer, and more alert simply learn better.
Outdoor classrooms in the Springdale School District are available at all building levels, with most being in the elementary schools. Our outdoor gardens feature collaboration spaces, butterfly gardens, and plants that are native to Arkansas.