Lowell Elementary School Works With Nature

School Receives Award For Nature Play

Duluth, Minn.

Lowell Elementary students joined by their parents enjoyed a picnic this afternoon at the schools nature play scape. Lowell elementary school received an award today for the many ways they encompass nature in their curriculum.

The nature play achievement award was presented to the school today for the commitment to connecting students with learning and play opportunities in nature. Lowell elementary is surrounded by forest. With plenty of nature at their disposal Lowell’s principal says why not use it.

“It’s also really important for any of our children just to get out. Get out and get that fresh air, get running and be in nature. There’s so many cool things that we can do here in our space. We’ve got water pieces, we’ve got rocks, and we’ve got trees. We’ve got all kinds of cool things here at Lowell,” Jennifer Larva, Principal at Lowell Elementary

Teachers are encouraged to implement the schools surroundings into their lesson plans. One parent says that she loves that her son gets to enjoy nature while still learning.

“It’s balanced, so he spends a lot of time inside learning the important academics parts but he’s able to do that better because he’s had time to move his body and play outside, I think that has really benefited his classroom learning, the time he’s been in nature too.” Laura Whittaker, Parent.

The school has built a trail system through the woods. They have an outdoor classroom and an after school adventure club. Lowell elementary is also working towards being designated by the Minnesota DNR as a DNR school forest.

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