Outdoor Classrooms

The NVT has established 17 outdoor classrooms in Nature’s Valley, each one focusing on a different environment, namely; marine, fynbos, forests, rivers, wetlands, botanical garden, a culturally significant shell midden site, alien vegetation, climate change, rocky shores, astronomy geology, dunes, food webs, land pollution and deforestation. Trail routes for children with interpretive information booklets and signage have been established in these ‘classrooms’. An Environmental Education Manual has also been developed to accompany the outdoor classrooms and to illustrate how the Nature’s Valley Trust has incorporated all the learning areas of the school curriculum into their programme with specific learning outcomes and sample lesson plans.

The classrooms have proved to be enormously successful and were utilized in SANParks' 'Kids in Parks' programme in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013 (over 2000 children were included in this programme alone!) and are used by school groups visiting the area and the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.