In years past at Holbrook Indian School, Outdoor School has allowed students to experience one week of classes in several outdoor locations. Students go to one of five locations: Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park, and one city trip to San Diego that includes a day of tide-pooling at La Jolla Beach. For many students, the trip to San Diego is the first time they’ll get to see the ocean and learn to navigate a big city. The classes are taught by teachers and park rangers and include photography, birdwatching, ecology, oceanography, painting, fire science, and so much more. Outdoor School has been an important way for students to see other places, get out of their comfort zones, learn new things, and bond with staff members and each other. Though they may have to postpone this year’s Outdoor School, the program is one part of the school’s broader initiative called MAPS—Mental, Academic/Arts, Physical, Spiritual wholeness, which seeks to improve every dimension in the lives of our students to help make their futures brighter.
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