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    Outdoor Education Update February 2021
    Posted on 02/18/2021
    Students in masks walk in the woods during a class

    Outdoor Education Update February 2021

    We are thrilled at the progress that has been made in Outdoor and Community Education since our last update in December.

    Three schools have launched outdoor education pilots, including Adams Elementary, Interagency Academy, and Pathfinder K-8. In January, Adams Elementary launched an outdoor class for a small number of 1-5 grade students and Interagency launched a Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship/Applied Math outdoor CTE class for 9-12 grade students.

    This month, Pathfinder K-8 launched two outdoor first grade classes and one outdoor fourth grade class. Applications for an additional 4 schools have been approved and will begin their pilot programs in the coming weeks. Other school applications are currently under review. Applications will continue to be accepted for this school year until this spring. We will keep the community updated on new pilot programs in next month's update.

    Task Force

    The Outdoor and Community Education Task Force has also made progress in member selection. Community panel review members have been confirmed and will be selecting participants within the next 2 weeks. This task force will develop and make recommendations after reviewing existing and developing educator-led outdoor learning pilots, learn from successes and challenges, and support additional participation in pilot projects across the district during the COVID-19 crisis. The task force will also make recommendations to support outdoor and community-based learning opportunities as a standard feature of education in Seattle Public Schools for all students. Learn more about the Outdoor and Community Education Task Force.

    Decisions about summer outdoor learning pilot program opportunities are still under discussion and will be communicated as soon as a decision is reached.

    Educator and School Leader Pilot Interest Form

    If educators and school leaders are interested in running an outdoor/community education pilot, they will need to complete the Outdoor Education Interest Form below. Read more about outdoor and community education pilots.