Outdoor learning center a breath of fresh air for Holmdel school

The Great Outdoor Learning Center includes a number of flower beds to help students learn about different types of plant life and harvesting, as well as a playhouse for children in younger grades.

“If there’s one good thing to come out of COVID, this is it,” Principal Kevin Donahue says of the new Great Outdoor Learning Center at St. Benedict School, Holmdel.

The learning center is a 7,000-square-foot outdoor classroom geared to enhance the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education.  It includes five garden spaces for planting and harvesting; an area with a balance beam, geo-dome and playhouse; and a pond with several goldfish and a frog that the kindergarten class named “Prince.”  

In addition, each PreK3-5 grade level – the center’s target age group – has a specialized project that explores the question: “How can we care for God’s creation?”

“With the addition of the GOLC, we are able to teach multiple classes outside in a safe, socially distanced setting while dealing with COVID,” Donahue said, noting that except when the weather is harsh, the school plans to have students outside as much as possible… […continue reading]

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