The natural world is a rich classroom full of things to explore and discover. The classrooms of Arbury Park provide opportunities for learners, through direct experience, to
- learn about ecological processes – head
- develop feelings for the natural world – heart
- learn how individuals can contribute toward a sustainable future – hands
- develop teamwork and relationships with each other – community
Programming and teaching is a shared responsibility between Arbury Park staff and visiting staff. The Arbury Park Outdoor School Camp Coordinator acts as the contact person for this negotiation. Depending on the needs of the visiting school group and the age of the students involved, camps run from 2 to 5 days. Arbury Park staff provide advice and resources for teachers to use with their students before and after their camp experience.
Every camp is different. When developing a camp program, visiting teachers share their goals for their group of students. Together with their Arbury Park Camp Coordinator they identify relevant themes and activities. Over 25 different activities are available and are grouped under six themes: