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Local school creates new program focusing on nature-based learning

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 8:50 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - Becoming one with nature, that is how one local school is teaching its youth.

Marshall School in Duluth is starting a new program called The Forest School.

Children, as young as 4-years-old up to 4th grade, can participate in a nature-based learning environment.

The goal is to teach kids future life-skills.

Head of Marshall School, Jamie Steckart, said research shows that nature-based learning helps build a solid foundation for kids’ future success.

“The Forest School takes the best brain-based research that has been coming online in the last 10 years of incorporating brain-based learning with kids in the outdoors.” said Steckart. “And it promotes social-emotional learning, creative thinking, complex problem solving and we are really excited to offer that extension to the Marshall community.”

About 40% of educational time will be spent outdoors across the 40-acres behind the school.

The program is expected to open by fall of 2022.

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