Outdoor Classroom Experiences
"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction"
Grand Valley State University's campus is the Children's Enrichment Center's outdoor classroom.
The campus provides many opportunities for the children to explore and observe nature in some of the different areas located on campus.
Some of the areas that we explore and observe are:
- The Arboretum
- Laker Village Nature trails
- Campus Pond next to Zumberg
- Nature trail by Zumberg
- South Ravine nature trails
Grand Valley offers our students hands on learning experience all around the campus. Our students love the opportunity to learn in our outdoor learning spaces.
Some of the places we enjoy are:
- The GVSU Clock Tower
- Campus Buildings
- GVSU Art Gallery
- Mary Idema Pew Library
The Children's Enrichment Center's unique learning experience opens so many doors of inquiry for all students. From learning about new building structures, to learning how GV facilities maintains grounds, the students are gaining hands on experience in the real world. Along with the real world experiences, our students are learning their essential skills in and out of the classroom. It is always exciting to meet new faces, and so many of our students have had the chance to meet Grand Valley professionals while exploring campus. Our students explore nature trails, ponds and pond life, trees, wildlife, and so much more by adventuring outside of our front door.