Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center


An Outdoor Educational Alternative to Elementary School


Welcome!

Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is an outdoor, alternative to elementary school. We offer experiential education opportunities where students thrive in small groups and engage in hands-on learning experiences.

Our program provides the foundation and landscape for natural growth in building social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. Our practices center around students building social, emotional and self regulation skills; acquiring leadership though ethical decision making and advocacy; and learning collaborative problem solving and restorative justice practices while emphasizing anti-racist and anti-bias education throughout all aspects of learning.

A CUSTOMIZED HOMESCHOOL PROPOSAL

We will help you prepare this plan as a homeschooling proposal for submission to your local superintendent. This is a very straightforward process. Your superintendent’s office will certify you as a homeschooler. This is the contract that makes leaving school legal for students 16 years of age or younger.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES (will resume post-COVID)

Family activities including bonfires, family hikes and other activities are offered throughout the year. Parental involvement is encouraged. There are many opportunities for parents to be a part of our community.

PROGRAMS

Learn at Morse Hill offers engaging small group learning experiences supported by talented and dedicated learning leaders. Our outdoor learning spaces come alive as children explore their surroundings and extend their thinking and learning through project-based learning. The 85 acres of forested land provide safe, experiential learning opportunities for children to play, wonder, and create among peers and staff. It is through engaging, hands-on experiences that we integrate cognitive, academic, language, creative, and social emotional learning. We are deeply committed to connecting high quality experiences with the Common Core Standards, and do so through joyful learning outdoors.

We have a staff of experienced and caring learning leaders with expertise in outdoor education and a passion for alternative education for children.


Why outdoors?

Cognitive Function Skills. Exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus and therefore enhances cognitive abilities. Children develop deep themes of play when allowed to spend time outdoors in the woods which leads to greater problem solving skills and innovation.

Mental Health. Being outdoors increases blood levels of natural opiates called endorphins which are an important part of the stress response system. Nature helps reduce stress in children. Further, the more plants, green views and access to natural play and learning areas, the more positive the results.

Motor skills. As children have been spending more time indoors during school days and unable to explore outdoors as children once were, the need for occupational therapy has significantly increased. Outdoor exploration improves visual skills, auditory processing, vestibular sense , as well as fine and gross motor skills.

Physical Health. Our bodies need sunlight to make vitamin D, a vitamin that plays a critical part in many things in the body, from bone development to our immune system. Sun exposure also can bring healthy sleep and a better mood. When using proper sun protection, children's bodies work best when they are exposed to sunshine every day. Having school outdoors allows children to get exercise throughout their day, not at a selected time in the day. At Morse Hill they will not be walking classroom to classroom, but moving through an 85 acre classroom. Their strength and endurance will grow each day, giving them energy and a sharper cognitive focus. Finally, with COVID-19 research has shown that being outdoors significantly reduces the spread of the disease. Parents can feel secure in knowing they are eliminating some risk by having their child attend school in the outdoors. Please see our Covid 19 safety protocols for more information.




Now Enrolling!

Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center will give your student a memory filled, holistic, innovative education that will create the foundation they need to be life long learners who have a deep understanding and love of learning through inquiry, exploration and problem solving.



“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach us more than we can ever learn from books.”

-John Lubbock