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Outdoor Education And The Classroom

Outdoor Education:
Outdoor education can be simply defined as experiential learning in, for, or about the outdoors. The term ‘outdoor education’, however, is used broadly to refer to a range of organized activities that take place in a variety of ways in predominantly outdoor environments. Common definitions of outdoor education are difficult to achieve because interpretations vary according to culture, philosophy, and local conditions.

Outdoor education is often referred to as synonymous with adventure education, adventure programming, and outdoor learning, outdoor school, adventure therapy, adventure recreation, adventure tourism, expeditionary learning, challenge education, experiential education, environmental education, forest schools and wilderness education. Consensus about the meaning of these terms is also difficult to achieve. However, outdoor education often uses or draws upon these related elements and/or informs these areas. The hallmark of outdoor education is its focus on the "outdoor" side of this education; whereas adventure education would focus on the adventure side and environmental education would focus on environmental. Wilderness education involves expeditions into wilderness "where man is but a visitor."

Education outside the classroom:
"Education outside the classroom" describes school curriculum learning, other than with a class of students sitting in a room with a teacher and books. It encompasses biology field trips and searching for insects in the school garden, as well as indoor activities like observing stock control in a local shop, or visiting a museum. It is a concept currently enjoying a revival because of the recognition of benefits from the more active style. The Education and Skills Committee of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom has reported that it brings history and art to life, develops social skills, and clearly enhances geography and science.

posted March 9th, 2016

Bourne builds Memorial for Students Behind Bourne High School

Cape Cod Times

October 23, 2001

They died too young

Bourne builds memorial for students


BOURNE - In a handsome new brick and stone memorial garden, Mary Fuller yesterday lowered her head to read the names inscribed on the granite markers.

Melissa Ellis, a senior at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, leveled the ground where a plaque will be inserted at a memorial for 22 youths who died while students in Bourne schools.

Amid a bulb-shaped path, 22 stones commemorate 22 Bourne youths, each of whom died while a student in the town schools.

Fuller, a retired Lyle Middle School principal who spent more than three decades in Bourne schools, recalled many of the names.

There was a child who was killed on the way to dance class. A teen who died just hours after her last day of school senior year. One student who actually returned to the high school after serving in World War II.

And she recalled the sad stories attached to those names, of lives snuffed out too soon.

So their names won't be forgotten, the town paid for the memorial behind Bourne High School.

At the head of the garden is a 3-ton stone monument, engraved with the words, "You Are Ever a Part of Our Lives."

The project was born out of the request of a Bourne father who wanted to have the town's new middle school named in honor of his late son, Billy McKernan, who died of injuries in a Plymouth crash two years ago.

While the school committee chose not to name the school after Billy, they agreed his memory would be more appropriately marked in a memorial honoring all students who died while they were students in Bourne schools.

Town meeting voters approved construction of a monument in the spring, allocating $30,000 for the project, and school officials offered a wooded area adjacent to the high school and middle school.

"It's really a great thing, and it's about time that something like this came to fruition," said John McKernan, a Bourne barber who today will mark the second anniversary of the death of his son, Billy, by purchasing a computer for Bourne High School.

His son would be in the second month of his junior year.

"A remembrance of someone will never die," said the father, who has already stopped by the memorial park several times.

In recent weeks, 24 masonry students from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School laid the brick pathway, installed granite benches and crafted a slate wall around the boulder monument.

"They felt a sense of pride in their work because of the type of project it was," said Bob Fleurent, a masonry instructor at the technical school. "They really felt a connection to it."

Last week, Bourne High students planted 1,600 daffodil bulbs, which town officials hope will bloom for the park's spring dedication.

The committee that organized the project visited similar monuments in other towns, including Sandwich and Yarmouth.

Since designing the park, they've received help from throughout the community.

The Department of Public Works cleared the site, and trucked the 3-ton boulder from the town landfill. And students from the vocational school have spent much of their time over the last month crafting the memorial.

"This has really become a community project," said Fuller, who served on the committee

"We hope the high school will hold memorial services to keep kids involved in this project.

"And we just hope we don't have to put down any more names."

posted August 3rd, 2015

Bourne's Outdoor Classroom

You are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony of Bourne's Outdoor Classroom to be held on October 19, 2012 at 6:00 at its location behind the Bourne Middle School. The ceremony will include a dedication to Mr. Frederick J. Dunbury, Sr. for his many years of service to the Town of Bourne.

The Outdoor Classroom has been under construction for the last year. Many townspeople and local businesses have contributed to making this project come to fruition. Bourne students have already enjoyed this outdoor setting for classes.

Donations are still being accepted for the podium and plantings. Checks can be made payable to Bourne's Outdoor Classroom and mailed to the same at P.O. Box 12, Pocasset, MA 02559.

posted September 25th, 2012

Bob McNamara 1956

Bob went home to be with the Lord today,2/10/2012. He went to sleep and did not wake up. He did not suffer, thank God.

Carol McNamara

posted February 10th, 2012

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