Ruth Staples
Childhood Development Laboratory
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

We continue to use our outdoor classroom to advance our mission of learning happening in the context of relationships. Our children’s connection and relationship with nature and the outdoors is a key piece of the experience here at the lab school.

We continue to add spaces for children to connect to the natural rhythms that nature provides. They have many opportunities to be a part of planting, tending and harvesting new foods. Spaces to relax and have quiet moments outdoors are some of the most treasured moments for children and teachers.

We are excited to invite our families into our outdoor space and have their children reconnect them to the rhythms of nature as well. Our families have come together to help build and maintain new spaces in the outdoor classroom and be a part of dreaming up what comes next.