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Outdoor Education


Outdoor Education Program

St. Ursula Villa's Outdoor Education enrichment program takes advantage of our large, beautiful campus featuring wooded hilsides, water sources, and abundant plant and animal life. Led by Ms. Jacquie Berting, Outdoor Education Coordinator, Villa students in preschool through 6th grade:

  • Participate in direct, hands-on outdoor learning and discovery to cultivate curiosity, nurture environmental stewardship, and foster physical activity
  • Engage with our Outdoor Education Coordinator in active, guided observation and activities using newly-installed nature trails, kiosks, and maps
  • Experience lessons such as map reading and orientation, testing water quality, assessing seasonal changes in plants and animals, managing water erosion, gauging preservation effectiveness, and strengthening creative and descriptive writing
  • Develop collaboration skills, physical independence, and deepened awareness of St. Ursula Villa's historic property

Some recent Outdoor Education activities:

  • Preschool - Kindergarten: trail safety; introduction to our ecosystem; themed walks for color, letter of the day; signs of seasons
  • Grades 1 - 3: identifying trees and plants; seasonal changes in nature; animal and plant adaptations; classificiation of animals
  • Grades 4 - 6: exploring ecosystems; journaling and developing observation skills; properties of soil; applying the Scientific Method

St. Ursula Villa is proud to announce that we have received a 2017 grant from Duke Energy's "Taking Root" Tree Fund Grant to plant 40 5-gallon trees on our lovely campus. This grant follows a 2016 grant from Taking Root which enabled us to plant 75 trees to improve the canapy cover on our hillside Nature Trails. This is part of a project to clear honeysuckle and wild grapevine, reforest our property, and conduct Outdoor Education classes for preschool - 6th grade students.