Our Forest Study program focuses on the unique setting of the Clearpool Model Forest, a portion of land set aside at the Clearpool Campus to promote effective forest management and stewardship practices that are compatible with water quality protection. Designed to promote a greater understanding of our world and our influence on the external environment, this outdoor program allows students to organically focus on tasks, and themselves, while developing critical thinking and motor skills through hikes, tool use and topical discussion.
Nature-based activities and experiential learning foster creativity through unstructured natural play and generate interest in the environment. Outdoor lessons and activities apply academic, interdisciplinary concepts to give insight into land use history, anthropogenic climate change and other challenging topics. Over time, students develop a mindset around stewardship, rooted in resource conservation and community service.