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Outdoor Classrooms Can Help Kids Do Better on School Tests

TitleOutdoor Classrooms Can Help Kids Do Better on School Tests
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-02-24
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #56 - "Great Basin Outdoor School" (Air Date: February 24, 2004). Sue Jacox, president of the Great Basin Outdoor School discusses how Camp Gallilee on the east shore of Lake Tahoe brings in 5th and 6th graders for environmental environment programs.
SubjectOutdoor education -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Outdoor recreation for children -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 56 "Great Basin Outdoor School" Air Date: February 24, 2004 Anchor Intro: Lake Tahoe may be only a short drive up the hill, but there are many kids who live here in the Reno area who never get the chance to visit the Tahoe area and spend time at the lake, in the forests and on the mountains. That's where the non-profit organization the Great Basin Outdoor School comes into play. Shelly Purdy has details in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) The Great Basin Outdoor School just finished-up their winter sessions here at Camp Gallilee on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. Throughout the year, the school brings 5th and 6th graders to spend a few nights along the shores of Lake Tahoe and learn about the environment around them. ((sot @ 4:38 Bobby Hembry, 5th Grader)) "I learned where Orion's belt was and how big Orion is in the stars and I also learned that Leo's a lion and Canus minor and Canus major." ((Track 2)) they learn about the stars in the sky, the water in the lake, the snow on the ground and the trees in the forest. The kids also get to strap on snowshoes…many for the very first time. ((sot @ 3:19)) "It was hard. It was hard to try and walk with them. It's different than walking in your regular shoes." ((sot @ 6:43 Sean McClelland, 5th Grader)) "We went looking at the animal tracks in the snow and um all the animals and plants and stuff and different rock formations." ((track 3)) The goal of the Great Basin Outdoor School is to get kids excited about learning by taking them out of the classroom and allowing them to discover the world around them. ((sot @ 13:38 Sue Jacox, Great Basin Outdoor School President)) "the theory about outdoor school is that kids are in an outdoor setting in a place long enough to make a connection because you have to learn with your heart as well as your head." ((track 4)) For these kids, that theory really seems to be working. With the Lake Tahoe environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News channel 8. Anchor Tag: The programs offered by the Great Basin Outdoor School are available to fifth or sixth grade classes throughout Northern Nevada. Interested parents or teachers can visit our website for more information.

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