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Students Get New Outlook on Learning with Outdoor ClassroomSubmitted: 11/02/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


BUTTERNUT - Most students want to get outside for recess. Now, students in Butternut will have a whole new outlook on learning thanks to an outdoor classroom and student forest.

"The community can come and use it, the school can come and use it, it'll be here for years and years," says High School Science Teacher Dawn Ertl.

But this outdoor classroom and forest is seven years in the making. The Butternut School District raised nearly $50,000 to get kids out of the classroom and into the world.

"We don't have the resources larger schools do so having the community come together has made all the difference," says Ertl.

Students here will use the outdoor classroom and forest in a number of ways. English students can take a walk through the trails and do some creative writing, and Biology students can study the environment at its best.

"There's so many mathematical learning opportunities through these kinds of projects. It's a great way to get people engaged and understand the world around them better," says DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

Students from classes that helped build their new classroom are taking away lasting memories.

"This is the only class I know of that you get to actually come outside, was the Field Biology class. And getting to make it so other kids can come out too is probably the best part," says junior Liz Pritzl.

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