Lean In To Learning Outside In Pennsylvania
North American Precis Syndicate
Learning and leadership don't only come from books and computers. Sometimes, going into the great outdoors can make it easier and better. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Most people think of learning as something done over a book
or, increasingly, a computer, but a number of researchers and educators have come
to a different, perhaps surprising conclusion.
To be well educated, they say, you have to get out of the classroom.
Getting out into nature, scientists believe, can help decrease stress. They
attribute this to "biophilia," the natural affinity humans have for
other living things. As psychologist Dr. Judith Heerwagen put it,
"Greenness, water and plants relax us." It's also healthier to go
out and breathe in some clean air and soak up some vitamin D.
That may explain why one study of schoolchildren found that outdoor
education improves grades. After pursuing an outdoor-based curriculum, the
students scored higher than those in traditional systems in everything from
math and science to attendance. Child development expert Richard Louv
suggested "As young people spend less of their lives in natural
surroundings, their senses narrow, physiologically and psychologically, and
we deny them access to a fundamental part of their humanity."
One answer may be found at an innovative liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania.
Lycoming College's Outdoor Leadership and Education (OLE) program helps
students grow professionally and build leadership skills outside the
classroom through enhanced educational experiences. Intentionally designed
outdoor undertakings deliver learning opportunities in an adventure-filled,
fun environment. This can help students of any skill level approach learning,
critical thinking, and problem solving (all values of a liberal arts
education) from a different perspective.
Learning while doing is one of the most effective ways to gain and apply
new knowledge and skills, educators agree. OLE students get many
opportunities to grow professionally and build leadership skills.
The college's trips include:
• Flatwater Kayaking
• Whitewater Kayaking
• Instructor Training (prepare to guide others on outdoor trips and
group development programming)
• Leave No Trace Training (ethics and the environment)
• Wilderness Medicine Courses (know what to do if someone gets hurt
and you're miles from medical help)
• Cross-Country Skiing
• Wilderness Survival.
For students who want to go a step further, instructor training prepares
them to guide their peers on outdoor trips and in group development
It's all part of Lycoming College's efforts to encourage students to
challenge themselves, accept leadership and engage in community.
The four-year, private institution is dedicated to the undergraduate
education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant
residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student
For further facts, to register or to see a video about the program, go to www.lycoming.edu/outdoor.
“Learning while doing is one of the most
effective ways to gain and apply new knowledge and skills, educators agree. http://bit.ly/2nTaKTf”
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