Welcome to the Olde Providence Elementary

Stanleigh Hobbs Memorial Outdoor Classroom


A Great Community Resource....

On Friday April 20th 2012, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Stanleigh Hobbs Memorial Outdoor Classroom. The entire OP School family along with residents were welcome to visit the classroom and trails on this day. The School Leadership Team also hosted its annual picnic for OP Families outside the cafeteria. Most classes walked through the trails during the picnic, viewing posters and photos of memorabilia honoring the original dedication and volunteers over the years. The school Student Council sponsored Earth Day events throughout the week, including planting and creating bird feeders along the trails.
It is hard to believe, but more than 10 years ago on May 19, 2002 city, school and neighborhood leaders gathered to dedicate a 10-acre nature preserve here at Olde Providence. It took dedication and commitment from a lot of people with the same vision. The Olde Providence Civic Association had hoped to make this property into a great educational resource for children.
Three local Boy Scouts - Chris Hazard, Casey Mulhearn and Adam Morse were looking for Eagle Scout projects.They contacted our school and learned that help was needed in developing an outdoor classroom. Each of the boys met with school leaders to review what was needed. Following approval of their plans, the scouts began to create the outdoor classroom that our children currently benefit from and enjoy.
Adam built two informational kiosks at the entrances to the preserves and cleaned the nature trails. Casey and Chris designed and built two unique classrooms in separate areas along the walking trails of the preserve. Casey and Adam were both thrilled to be helping create this extension to their own former school and realized how much it would benefit students for years to come.

Sponsors helped provide 24 discovery Schmocks made for students and 4 teacher vests to wear when exploring. Each vest comes equipped with a magnifying glass, notepad and pencil, crayons and rulers. Collection vials were also made available for use.
Throughout the next few years more scouts and other volunteers have contributed to this project by adding bird houses, trail maps, drawing and writing table-tops and further landscaping. The continual development of this nature preserve is exciting for all. Students, teachers, after school clubs and residents continue to actively enjoy the use of this resource.
Scouts and service groups are encouraged to contact the school, PTA or neighborhood association to adopt this area. There are great opportunities for community service through new or maintenance projects.
The Olde Providence Elementary PTA and Olde Providence Civic Association keep funds for additional improvements and upkeep.  Frequent cleanup and volunteer activites are held with participation from students, parents and neighborhood residents.
County Parks and Recreation currently (2013) does not have a contract to maintain the area, so it is dependent on volunteers!
Special thanks to Mark Shuey for providing free mulch for the 2012-2013 school year! www.timberhilltreeservice.com
Maintenance and trash pickup is done 100% by volunteers. Annual needs may include mulch, equipment rental and materials to maintain the kiosks and benches.
Special thanks to all volunteers who have removed trash, cleared brush, spread mulch, revitalized the trails, kiosks and benches.
Donations for the fund to support our outdoor classroom can be made to: Olde Providence Elementary School. Please specify the donation is for the Outdoor Classroom Fund.
Olde Providence Elementary School
3800 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(980) 343-3755

How can you volunteer?

Several volunteer activities are scheduled each school year. Check the News links periodically for more info. It is highly recommended that you sign up for the Google Group, see the far left of the page. Anyone can join the group.

Teachers may also have needs for chaperones to the outdoor classroom. Mention to your child's teacher that you can help! All volunteers working with classes must be registered and approved by CMS. This involves a background check.

Click to visit the official CMS page.