two most important predictors of whether a child will take action to benefit
the environment as an adult are: (1) whether the child had positive,
direct experience with nature, and (2) whether the child was taken outdoors by
someone the child knows well -- such as a teacher or parent.
also indicates that students involved in environment-based instructional
programs show enhanced school achievement, cooperative learning, civic
responsibility, health outcomes, problem-solving ability, and overall well-being.
Ashlawn has access to many resources that facilitate outdoor learning, including streams, woods, nature centers and the Outdoor Lab, as well as scientists, naturalists and environmentalists. Ashlawn staff understand the importance of outdoor learning and have come up with many ways to bring their students outside to learn. Here are just a few examples:
Reading in the courtyard garden
Taking pictures outside of geometric shapes
Planting a Peace Garden
Planting a Three Sisters Garden
Taking photos of economic resources, including trees
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or marital status. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Report violations of this policy to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 703-228-6008, or the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, 703-228-6110.