Why Is Outdoor Education Important?
Opportunities for children to spend time in the wilderness are sorely lacking in our urban context of sedentary lifestyles. Our goal is for students to view learning as something that happens both inside and outside the classroom. By regularly taking children outdoors, we simultaneously introduce a positive habit that offers children an alternative to digital screens. Reconnecting with nature also brings lifestyle and learning benefits: outdoor experiences encourage calm, agility, better health, socialisation, cooperation, trust, autonomy and creativity.
Learning in nature is not only playful, but also nurtures a child’s balanced development. From mathematics to creative activities to science, nature is a place for learning. The teacher’s mission is to open a door for children to a new world: the world of nature. By observing, imitating and discovering the life that surrounds them, using their senses and the mind, children learn to develop a deep bond with nature and with others.
In the exceptional setting of our lakeside campus in Pully, or the natural surroundings of our school in Nyon, our Forest School invites children to exercise, explore, invent, initiate and dream – but also to concentrate, observe, marvel, listen and work.