An important part of the Outdoor Education program starts in your classroom before the students go to Jones Gulch and continues after they return to the classroom. It is important that the students are prepared for Outdoor Education before they actually arrive. For this reason we have included a vocabulary list and a number of activities that can be used in your classroom.
Two vital areas should be covered before arriving at Outdoor Education. First, the vocabulary list contains essential words in bold type that your students should be familiar with when they arrive. You can use this list with teaching methods that work best in your classroom. In addition, it is important that all students think about their own behavior and impact on the environment before they arrive at Outdoor Education. To guide this process, we have included an activity titled "Naturally Good Manners" for you to use with your class in the weeks before Outdoor Education.
Please review the pre- and post-Outdoor Education activities that introduce and follow up important concepts your students will learn while at Outdoor Education. You may choose to use some or all of the activities to increase and integrate your students' learning experiences at Outdoor Education. In addition, please refer to our Additional Resources page for a list of environmental education activity and curriculum guides recommended for the classroom.
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