The world outside the home and school has more to it than traffic congestion, buildings and busy people. There are many outdoor learning options for students to enjoy with friends and family. Here are some outdoor learning activities to consider when planning your next family outing or field trip.
Spend a day at a river
A river is not only for camping and bathing but offers outdoor learning. The topic of rivers can come to life with a visit to a local river. Students, parents and teachers may take notes, photos and videos of the ecology of the river.
It is important to note a few things. The water flow, the main factor that makes the river ecology different from other water ecosystems and the substrate, the surface which the river organisms live.
Students can search for plants on land and underwater such as algae. They can look for invertebrates like crayfish, snails, clams, and mussels. Additionally, they can look at fish that will remain close to the bottom or hide behind obstacles.
Also, they can observe birds that prey on the fish. In the end, they are at the river, they will be splashing in the fresh cool water and having a swim.
Take a hike for some outdoor learning
There is so much to see, hear and learn when hiking. Everyone should be equipped with the proper gear. Hiking boots, compasses, binoculars, cameras, water bottles, snacks, sunscreens, and first aid kits are a must.
The hike would be an educational and fulfilling trip. Outdoor learning on a hiking trip involves plants, trees, pools, waterfalls, forest animals, birds, fish, mountains and more.
Surprise for students at a crop plantation
A visit to a crop plantation may surprise students. Many students have not seen the raw state of the foods they love to eat. People become fascinated when they see fruits and vegetables hanging from plants, trees and buried in the ground. When a farmer reaps the crops in front of students, it makes a tour around a crop plantation memorable.
Animal farm adventure
A visit to an animal farm is an excellent way to learn about agricultural science. Being exposed to an operational farm in the students’ district would be more than a lesson, but an adventure.
They would see several animals in real life for the first time. They would learn about them and may be able to interact with them if allowed to pet or feed them. This experience could bring the information in text books to life. It would be both fulfilling and entertaining.