Unplugged Learning at the Loyalton Learning Landscape
In February, you helped the Feather River Land Trust conserve a Learning Landscape for Loyalton Elementary and High schools. (Read the story here). Thank you for helping to make it possible!
The enthusiasm from teachers and students about their new outdoor classroom - dubbed Smithneck Meadow Learning Landscape - is palpable. (Read the inspiring note from biology teacher Mark Fisher below).
Learning Landscapes coordinator, Rob Wade comments, "The teachers are very grateful. I have heard "thank you" a lot for what this conservation success opens up for them. They now have a choice piece of property for outdoor learning right across the road from their schools. Having the property open has been a game changer for them."
With the conservation of the property and basic safety and access issues taken care of, FRLT is now raising funds to make the property an ideal, safe, and inspiring environment for outdoor learning - a seating area, crosswalk, pedestrian bridge, fencing of agricultural and educational zones, and picnic benches. A "Teaching from the Land" workshop is scheduled for August and Loyalton schools will receive a field kit complete with a class set of binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses.
Your help will make a big difference! Click here and designate your gift for Learning Landscapes.
Read on to hear how opening the Loyalton Learning Landscape is already transforming education for Loyalton teachers and students. Biology teacher Mark Fisher sent us this note and pictures after a great class on the land:
A Note from the Field
Evenin’ Rob -
I managed to get one of my Biology classes out to the Meadow today. We recently started a three week final project which requires students to spend time with nature and create a journal that includes original writing and artwork. The goal is to break the technology cycle. They are quite used to just Googling and regurgitating meaningless facts. I have three different classes that will be using the site over the next two weeks...
One of the best learning experiences this morning was Einen’s [ranching partner] sprinkler placement, which was very near the gate. There were three different sprinklers to avoid that overlapped in a complex pattern. Many kids failed to study the pattern and stay dry on the way in. They figured out a pattern and made it back out dry. I love that sort of learning.
Thanks for your work so far.
Mark Fisher, Loyalton High School