The school represents "more than just a field trip" for students enrolled, according to Kelley Pritchard, S.E.E. director/teacher.
"We have an opportunity to hike the kids around, teach them about nature and about God," she
"We reinforce their curriculum at school.
We put a hands-on approach to their book-learning. (During hikes) we can stop and say 'Hey, look at this.
This is where an armadillo had burrowed a hole looking for insects.' We can let the kids experience things and then explain it to them scientifically and through our faith as well."
There are currently four full-time teachers and three part-time teachers serving 54 schools totaling approximately 1,400 students.
said the support from the various schools and parent chaperones has been invaluable over the years.
As long as eighth graders - current and former - speak of the cherished time they had bonding with classmates and experiencing environmental education, S.E.E. teachers will know they are on the right path, Pritchard
"One of the most gratifying moments in my entire career in environmental education was when I was working in the garden with the students and we were talking about photosynthesis, the plant life cycle and decomposition, and a student said 'We just learned about this in school!'" she