Camps & Centers Outdoor Education
Each year, hundreds of students and their teachers from schools across Nebraska participate in hands-on, engaging Outdoor Education programs and experiences at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center and at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp.
Outdoor Education is typically held during the months of September through November and March through May. These programs and experiences:
- use the outdoors as a stimulus for the appreciation of previously acquired skills, including the areas of reading and language arts, science, mathematics, art, health, physical education and social studies.
- teach an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of the natural world by studying and interacting with that world.
- separate kids from their everyday setting in order to give them an opportunity to express new aspects of their personalities, achieve increased self-esteem, and gain a new perspective on how to relate to their peers.
We offer both one-day and residential, overnight programs.
Outdoor education programs may be delivered by school teachers or by camp staff using curriculum designed to utilize the strength of the setting in a highly experiential, hands-on format.
Outdoor education programs are designed for the students in Kindergarten through 7th grade.
Additional outdoor education activities are available, including:
- Global Positioning System (GPS)/Geocaching
- Group Cooperative Games
- Nature Study
- Nighttime Nature
- Group Team Building Challenge Course – TRUST Course
- Pond Study
Outdoor Education programs and experiences align with the Nebraska Science Standards of encouraging students to combine scientific processes, the nature of science, and knowledge with scientific reasoning and critical thinking to ask questions by planning, designing, and conducting experiments that lead to the development of explanations and evidence,Students engage in cooperative learning and character development naturally by participating in outdoor education programs and experiences that can be directly applied to their classrooms and can positively affect their school's climate by:
- giving students practice in developing important virtues, such as responsibility, at the same time they are learning academic material.
- building community by integrating every student and breaking down barriers.
- developing communication and perspective-taking skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the appreciation of others who are different from oneself.