Our goal is to provide a series of high quality, engaging field experiences that tie directly to the Utah State Core Standards and/or provide service learning opportunities throughout the school year.
We envision field experiences as an engaging tool to teach students the concepts and skills outlined in the Utah State Core Standards. Field experiences are not additional tasks or topics that teachers must design and deliver. Rather, field experiences are an integrating context for learning and reinforcing the subjects that are also taught in the classroom. Field experiences are simply a new kind of classroom.
We integrate three types of field experiences into an annual schedule that includes nature-based, cultural, and service-learning field experiences. Nature-based experiences occur in natural areas such as on hikes or in parks and campgrounds. Examples may include nature journaling, studying stream ecology, or conducting ‘forest inventories’ of a local park. Cultural experiences occur at museums, theaters, or cultural sites/events. Examples may include attending arts performances, or participating in programs at the American West Heritage Center, USU Anthropology Museum, or other venue. Service Learning opportunities will occur to provide service to the surrounding community while learning skills and the value of their service. Examples may include service projects at Stokes Nature Center, Willow Park Zoo, or the Cache Community Food Pantry.