Welcome to the Fair Hill Nature Center's Outdoor School. The vision of the Fair Hill Environmental Foundation is to create a regional community where people respect, protect, and preserve the natural environment and its resources. The Outdoor School helps the Foundation through its programs and events for children, adults, families and teachers.
A primary goal of the Nature School is to raise awareness among children and adults regarding the interrelationships that occur in nature and the interdependence of the environment, our health, the economy, and culture. Our biggest effort is working with school children.
For 15 years we have provided outdoor science programs for over 7500 children per year--most return several times over the course of their elementary school years. We believe our outdoor classroom experiences are an important extension of the science and environmental learning students receive in school. Field trips to the Nature Center engage students in active learning while they are literally surrounded by the content they are studying. To that end we maintain a strong connection to the Cecil County Public School system, designing our programs to closely align with the county science curriculum.
Though the Nature Center receives some support from the Cecil County Public Schools, it also actively seeks partnerships within the community and grants from private and corporate foundations to help offset program costs. The following organizations have helped to support our school programs through their generous financial support.
|Cecil County Arts Council
Cecil County Bar Foundation
Cecil County Public Schools
Cecilton Lions Club
|Cecil Soil Conservation District
Rising Sun Lions Club
The Waterfowl Festival at Easton, Inc.
United Way of Cecil County
Exploring the Nature School website
We invite you to learn about the different programs offered by the Nature School. Each program has been designed to show visitors and parents what the children are learning when they visit Fair Hill on a school field trip. In some instances, there are activities that are meant to reinforce a concept or generate discussion. If you are a parent visiting with your child, let he/she be your virtual field trip leader!
Also included in the Nature School site is a special section for teachers with field trip information, and on-line forms for both students and teachers to fill out and return. These forms provide valuable input that the Nature Center staff uses to review and improve the programs. We encourage teachers and students to use them. Every one will be read.