The Nature Explore Classroom at
Tulsa Nature Explore
Sitting on an acreage of trees, shrubs, flowers, and native plants, this outdoor classroom has lots to offer children to escape from today’s media world. There is abundant room to run and play while learning about nature. Take a walk in the secret garden to the koi fish pond and fairy gardens; learn about the importance of honey bees and taste fresh honey from the comb; hunt and count the chickens’ eggs; see what’s growing in the greenhouse, or just spend some quiet time observing nature.
“Nature gives to every time and season, some beauty of its own” – Charles Dickens
Tulsa Nature Explore is an official Waystation for monarchs and is certified by the Oklahoma Wildscapes and the National Wildlife Federation, offering the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.
“There is something in the marvelous in all things nature” – Aristotle
Children learn best and remember when they participate. Incorporating the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching, is a primary goal of this outdoor classroom.
“We can never have enough of nature” – Henry David Thoreau
Whether it’s feeling the white fluffy cotton from a cotton plant, or peeling away a loofa gourd, to smelling the wonderful aroma of herbs and flowers, children take away a sense of wonderment and appreciation of the world around them while learning about environmental stewardship.
Laurie Ross, teacher