Fisher Outdoor Education Program

"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the earth." — Dr. Maria Montessori

Outdoor Education at West Side

A very strong foundation of environmental awareness and appreciation at West Side Montessori was built by the school's founder, Lynn Fisher, along with many of the other teachers, staff, and students. West Side is the only school in the Toledo area that provides a formal outdoor education curriculum for all of its students, starting at 13 months through grade 8.

West Side’s Fisher Outdoor Education Program is designed to help students of all ages build their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the natural environment that they are a part of. Outdoor education is a term that covers a wide range of experiential learning opportunities related to the environment. There are generally no physical walls for an outdoor education classroom, so the students spend almost all of their time outside. 

It is a movement with the intention of reestablishing the human connection to nature by building traits like creativity, resilience, and land stewardship. Moreover, children need room to practice skills like coordination and spatial awareness as they grow and build their sense of place.

The great outdoors is a wonderful medium that can provide resources for them to do it all!

Read an interview with Cody Murnen, Fisher Outdoor Education Program Coordinator.

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    Cody Murnen 

    Outdoor Education Coordinator & Teacher - All Levels
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo and the nation.

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