Then, just as school was letting out last Summer, my principal invited me to share inspiration with our teachers in the Fall with a presentation at the all-staff meeting before school kicked off! Wow! I was delighted and honored.
My presentation was very well-received – and engaging! In about 30 minutes teachers had seen examples of nearby schools with outdoor classrooms and realized that they wanted this experience for their students. The room buzzed with comments and ideas. It was amazing.
So hello, universe!
But I left that presentation without an exact next step. Hmmm. I had to let things simmer for a bit.
Then, barely three weeks later, I needed to remove two huge oak trees at my house (Sad! But they were dangerous to our home). I told my principal that we would have ample wood and access to a dump truck the following week. Did she want me to lead the installation of an outdoor classroom installed ASAP?
“YES,” said the principal. “YES,” said the universe.
And, not only did I get to lead the creation of an outdoor classroom, but I also got to repurpose majestic oak trees – saving them from the undignified fate of the wood chipper.
Stay tuned for how the 30 log stump chairs cut from the trees were transported to school grounds and installed into place!
First published on www.greenschoolsalliance.org