Open Air Classroom

Our Open Air Classroom programs immerse students in fun-filled, discovery-oriented, adventures in the outdoors. We encourage students to work cooperatively to develop a sense of community and an awareness of their connection to the natural world. Students leave our programs as enthusiastic observers of various habitats, including mixed forest, freshwater pond, river, and the intertidal zone.

“totally engaging and hands-on” — 4th grade teacher

Activities take place in small study groups of 8-12 students, each led by an experienced field instructor. We challenge students with open-ended inquiry and critical-thinking situations that strengthen problem-solving skills. Our programs are based around 4-H Earth Connections, an experiential teaching methodology that addresses the needs of diverse learning styles, often effectively reaching students who find a traditional classroom atmosphere challenging.

Our programs are designed to be part of the classroom curriculum. Every program is correlated to the State of Maine Learning Results and the Next Generation Science Standards and is further tailored to the curricular goals of each participating class.

For program costs, availability, and to book a program, please contact us at (207) 789-5868 or extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu