Students at West Side Christian School experience enhanced learning though a partnership with Blandford Nature Center. Blandford staff collaborate with classroom teachers to share best practices of knowledge about the environment, the phenomena that shape it and associated problems as well potential solutions. As a result, the school community is equipped with standards-based outdoor lesson plans that meet grade level content
expectations while engaging students’ natural sense of inquiry.
West Side Christian School’s partnership with Blandford equips students to make conceptual shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards. Outdoor education inspires teachers and students to maximize the potential for outdoors, place-based learning, hands-on experiences, and well-rounded educational opportunities in the natural world. These experiences will provide every student opportunities to acquire knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment.