George M. Dawson Secondary

Outdoor Classroom

School: George M Dawson Secondary

Votes Received: 17

The GMD Outdoor Classroom is an endeavour to combine curriculum and community. We have rescued wood from an old dock to use in building projects including a compost bin and walkway, the wood will also be used for a picnic table and raised beds for planting food and traditional plants used by the Haida. We have begun transforming a courtyard into an outdoor classroom for use by all members of our school community. Students are learning practical skills as they re-work the wood we are reusing, knowledge of simple machines has been instrumental as we work with this wood. The Haida language class used the outdoor space to hang and butcher deer. Making venison jerky uses math and practical skills to make a healthy snack. Food is a big part of our endeavour. We are learning about traditional foods and encouraging home and community gardening in a remote location where food travels a great distance to reach us, unless that food is local. Our compost bins will be large enough to accommodate community composting, students are learning the science behind healthy soils. Our hope is that this years food crop can again provide snacks for the school but also supplement the menu for the annual welcome back lunch. The students involved in the Outdoor Classroom project are not academic students. The project has given them the opportunity to learn in a hands on environment. Many students have demonstrated skills and abilities that they can take pride in, skills and abilities that are seldom recognized in the traditional classroom. Our students are involved in a project that allows them to contribute to the school in a powerful way, they are leaders in this program, they provide food for the school community, they are gaining knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem. Our students are creating their legacy and a foundation for future students like themselves.



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Mentors Consulted

Ministry of Educaiton


Sustainable Development

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