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Staff engage in learning of nature-based education model

Aerial view of Kuhlman stadium with water tower in foreground.

Staff at Highlands and Countryside participated in a week-long teacher training with TimberNook, a nature-based education model of instruction that partners and aligns rigorous academic standards with the social emotional needs of the child in the natural environment. Staff learned directly from TimberNook instructors working with Highlands students in the forest west of Highlands Elementary.

TimberNook provides innovative outdoor play experiences for children that benefit the mind, body, and senses. TimberNook educates families, teachers, and the community about the critical links among play, nature, and healthy childhood developments. Sensory rich features promote balance, coordination, strength, and integration of the senses, offering the best gains in foundational skills for children.