Outdoor Field Studies: Building Character and Fostering A Healthy Respect for Nature

Published : Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 2:23 PM

The majority of people living in California are only too aware of the power of nature. We have all come to learn the hard way that caring for the natural world is a vital step in the survival of our species.

It’s important for our children to learn this from an early age. Sequoyah School in Pasadena believes that fostering a care for the environment is something that can be taught in school if the right types of learning tools are in place. These not only teach students about caring for the planet but also encourage teamwork and help build important life skills.

Sequoyah School is one institution who pushes its students to go outside of their normal comfort zones in front of TVs, computers, or cell phones every once in a while. By making regular outdoor trips that include backpacking in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, or climbing a rock face in Joshua Tree, the school encourages children to appreciate the natural world.

Field trips like these have a number of benefits. By spending some quality time with nature, it has been shown that students can get better grades in science subjects and even end up paying more attention in class.

Their social and critical thinking skills also develop. Several studies have found that environmental education can make children healthier (both mentally and physically) and reduce hyperactive symptoms too.

When students reach high school age, Sequoyah School field studies step up a gear. Students learn how to be responsible for their decisions, and may be left on their own for periods of time in outdoor settings. This teachers the importance of teamwork and organization; skills that can be used in any situation throughout life.

Sequoyah School knows that children are the future. So teaching them about the environment, and how humans are impacting it, is the best way to reverse some of the Earth’s current problems.

After all, education isn’t just about homework and books. An appreciation (and wariness) of nature is something that should be taught from a very young age. The likes of Sequoyah School can offer a well-rounded education that will teach your children to be better caretakers of the environment, and there’s nothing more important than that.

Sequoyah Schools are located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. and 535 S. Pasadena Ave., in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 441 2076/ (626) 795 4351 or visit http://sequoyahschool.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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