The Maple Capital Management Outdoor Classroom is a new space that is well-ventilated, roomy, and versatile — an innovative structure that will welcome visitors throughout the year.
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 Maple Capital Management 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 installed in the space where our seasonal Butterfly House welcomed visitors through the summer. With thanks to Maple Capital Management, Stony Point Foundation, 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. Community donations help to make this space come alive with rugs, chairs, tables, and teaching tools.
Thank you so much for bringing safety and science to a new outdoor classroom in the heart of St. Johnsbury!