You can be part of creating a classroom that delivers inspiration and science in the heart of St. Johnsbury. With your help, we’re installing an outdoor classroom that will be well-ventilated, roomy, and versatile — an innovative space that will welcome visitors throughout the year.
We need your help to make this new structure welcoming for students, families, and friends. Please consider a donation of any size to buy benches, planters, cleaning stations and teaching tools to make this new learning space inviting and engaging.
We’ve always wanted to install an outdoor classroom that changes with the seasons and reacts to natural light. COVID-19 means tearing down traditional walls and offering new ways to create safe, effective, learning space. Our solution addresses key health concerns, including maintaining distance, ample ventilation, and access to washing stations. At the same time, we want this outdoor classroom to be fun and flexible — an engaging place for kids and visitors to learn about the wonders of our natural world.
Our education team is dreaming up creative ways to deliver core science topics with a fresh twist. We’re eager to make the most of natural light, changing weather, seasonal shifts, as well as native plants, insects and animals to talk about fundamental concepts of weather, climate, astronomy, natural history, and so much more. The Fairbanks Museum Outdoor Classroom will inspire a fresh generation of learners to think of themselves as successful science students, prepared and connected to a wider community of support.
And there’s more! This Outdoor Classroom is designed to be a gathering space with a strong sense of belonging that can be used by community groups and will draw visitors. We’re all about inspiring curiosity, nurturing a sense of wonder, following an interest until it delivers a fresh discovery. This opportunity allows us to cultivate new community partners and enhance our programs as we stretch to meet new needs.
The Outdoor Classroom is being installed in the space where our seasonal Butterfly House welcomed visitors through the summer. With thanks to Maple Capital Management, Shippee Family Eye Care, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and an anonymous donor, we’re able to put up the walls and frame and set up cleaning stations. We need your help to make this space come alive! Please consider a donation for inspired outdoor learning at the Fairbanks Museum.
Thank you so much for bringing safety and science to a new outdoor classroom in the heart of St. Johnsbury!