St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Reflects the joy of learning and growth in the love of God, family and friends.

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Outdoor Classroom and Playgrounds

Current research validates the importance of connecting children with nature on a daily basis.

We provide hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for the children to explore, investigate, think, and play creatively while moving actively in our wonderful outdoor spaces.

Our outdoor classroom environment includes two playgrounds and a nature trail. One playground is home to our music garden, where children can create and experience music in a natural setting. The other playground includes a garden with wonderful opportunities for children to dig, plant, and move dirt from place-to place.

Our nature trail provides unique opportunities to experience the change of seasons, discover what is under a rock or log, listen to the sounds of nature, explore animal footprints, go on a nature hunt and participate in a variety of discovery activities.

Children who play outside regularly become fitter and leaner, develop a stronger immune system, have lower stress levels, have more active imaginations, play more creatively, are happier, have a greater respect for themselves and others and learn and cultivate environmental awareness and values.

The outdoor classroom provides opportunities for children to develop problem solving skills,  experience dramatic play, experience music and dance, build their knowledge of mathematical concepts,  build and create with materials in the natural world, develop fine motor and large motor skills, develop oral communication skills and vocabulary, compare and categorize, collect and analyze data, explore using the five senses, and explore and experiment with scientific phenomena.