At Tiny Trees school in Seattle education through interaction with nature is the name of the game. I first heard about this place on an NPR story. I was so impressed that I had to investigate their activities. They have really figured out how to get kids outside. Their model should be used nationwide.
Check out their methods at TINY TREES
Here is what they have to say:
We help children learn to read, succeed at math and explore the wild where they receive both a world class science education and a gleefully muddy childhood: one full of play, exploration and wonder in the great outdoors.
Our mission is to use outdoor classrooms to make a quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.
Our vision is to create a community where all children have access to high quality education and develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed to thrive in school and life.