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Outdoor classroom gives students the opportunity to learn in nature

Students at Woodbury Elementary School have a new space to learn and enjoy the outdoors. On Thursday, October 26 a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Woodbury Elementary for a new outdoor classroom, donated by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) with funds raised during the APEX Fun Run.

Construction of the outdoor space began in July. The space features three tiers of seating facing a circle landing at the bottom. The top of the outdoor classroom also includes a pad for students using wheelchairs.

“I hope the outdoor classroom gives our students the opportunity to spend more time outdoors while learning and enjoying our great Minnesota seasons,” said Heather Capistrant, co-president of the Woodbury Elementary’s PTO.

Student holds book from Little Free Library

While the formal opening comes during Minnesota’s colder months, students have already had time to use the space when the weather was warmer. The outdoor classroom was created next to the playground and will be open for public use during non-school hours. It also features a Little Free Library, which was also donated by the PTO. 

“We envision the space serving multiple purposes. First and foremost, a spot for our students to enjoy and connect with nature while learning. But also, we created this space for our community, so parents and caregivers can have a space to sit while kids play or to enjoy a book outdoors,” said Connha Classon, Principal at Woodbury Elementary.

The outdoor classroom was created by Tree Trust, a landscaping company that has several programs aimed at providing jobs and training to young adults. The project helped the youth involved in the construction learn about accuracy, measuring skills and applied math. 

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