Ingrid Johnson, professor of movement science, teaches her health and physical education students to go beyond traditional PE activities and use the outdoors.
This semester, students in Johnson’s outdoor education course spend at least an hour of the three-hour class outdoors, while learning how to teach PK-12 students a variety of skills and activities. They participate in snowshoeing, geocaching, slacklining, hammocking, fishing and other activities that focus on nature literacy.
“My main goals in this class are to expose my students to the important aspects of physical education that can be done outdoors," Johnson said. "I want them to think outside the box. I want them to become comfortable with teaching outside and to learn about the resources we have available to us out in nature.
“They can then go out as a teacher and add some of these activities to their physical education curriculum, to give these opportunities to young students.”