Human Nature School: Taking the Classroom Outside

Rain or shine, you can find students of the Human Nature School in the front lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons.
They are taking their learning outdoors—learning about nature, art and exploration!

Outreach Coordinator Emily Burke says, “It’s crazy how creative kids can be when they’re in a natural environment because it’s so open ended. The curriculum is very student led so we’ll plan the whole day but we go by the 50-50 rule. 50% of what we plan is not going to happen.”

They’re okay with going with the flow, because unlike the traditional classroom experience, mother nature leads them in new directions.

Violet, who is 6 years old, says,”I love that all the flowers come up and I get to see some spring babies.”

This program is combining art and nature, restoring the human relationship with the great outdoors. You can usually see these students hiking, exploring or playing games. Anything that lets their imagination run wild.

This environmental education non-profit is working on their upcoming fundraiser June 15 called “Art in Nature: Cool Bugs We Love.” This art show and fundraiser will be taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Unity Church in Traverse City.

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