OutClass™ 2024 Contest Winner Sand Creek Elementary in the Highlands, Ranch, CO, USA

OutClass™ 2024 Winner

Sand Creek Elementary in the Highlands Ranch, CO, USA  has won the OutClass™ Outdoor Classroom giveaway. Their initial entry was submitted by Emily Drost, with Pamela Pekarek submitting final approval to receive the prize.

They have won a fully furnished outdoor classroom (approximate retail value $15,000), which includes:

  • Student stations for up to 20 students
  • 1 teacher station
  • Weather-resistant, double-sided outdoor chalkboard
  • 4 locally-sourced trees

And, here’s something else worth your attention: We’re always on the lookout for funding opportunities. If you’re looking for grants for your outdoor classroom needs visit our outdoor classroom funding page to explore what is available.

Is Your Classroom Alive?
Living Schoolyards for a Sustainable Future.

OutClass™ is leading the way to bring students back to nature. We believe that for students to truly learn about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world, they need direct access to it. That’s why all OutClass™ outdoor classrooms now include locally sourced trees, creating an immersive and educational environment like no other.

Effective outdoor education goes beyond the traditional concept of outdoor classrooms. It requires more than just open spaces, green fields or outdoor classroom furniture. At OutClass™ we understand that for a truly enriching experience, students need a living canopy overhead and living soils underfoot. The inclusion of a vibrant schoolyard forest brings life and vitality to the learning experience, fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Past Winners

OutClass™ 2023 Winner - Leon Valley Elementary in San Antonio, Texas

We are excited to announce our partnership with educator Jenna Hudon, Principal Jessica Ruiz, and Leon Valley Elementary, the deserving winners of our 2023 Outdoor Classroom giveaway. Together, we are thrilled to introduce the launch of their brand new OutClass™ outdoor classroom. Our commitment to connecting children with nature is unwavering, and it has been truly inspiring to collaborate with the like-minded leaders at NISD who share our values.

OutClass™ is at the forefront of bringing students back to nature. We firmly believe that in order for students to genuinely learn about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world, they must have direct access to it. That is why all OutClass™ outdoor classrooms now feature locally sourced trees, creating a captivating and educational environment unlike any other.

Efficient outdoor education extends beyond the conventional idea of outdoor classrooms. It necessitates more than simply open spaces, green fields, or outdoor classroom furniture. At OutClass™, we comprehend that for a truly enriching experience, students require a living canopy above and living soils beneath their feet. The inclusion of a vibrant schoolyard forest breathes life and vitality into the learning experience, fostering a profound connection with nature.

OutClass™ 2023 Winner - Leon Valley Elementary in San Antonio, Texas

On Solid Ground in Barrie, Ontario

On Solid Ground has been operating for over 10 years. The clinic bases its therapy and learning on the scientific principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) focused on the individual learning needs of those with autism to help elevate critical life skills including communication, socialization, and motor skills. “There is a fundamental need for natural, outdoor play. To date, the children and staff have been thrilled with the new open-ended learning pod,” comments facility director Tammy Frazer.

On Solid Ground in Barrie, Ontario
On Solid Ground in Barrie, Ontario
On Solid Ground in Barrie, Ontario
On Solid Ground in Barrie, Ontario

Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, Ontario

A contest was held on social media both in Canada and the United States to give away an outdoor classroom to either a child-care facility or school. On May 16, a random draw took place from all eligible entries and the winner was Madoc Drive Public school in Brampton. View story HERE.

Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, Ontario
Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, Ontario
Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, Ontario
Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, Ontario

Red Bank Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Principal Lindsey Hagan, early childhood educator Jazmine Wiles and John were interviewed by ABC news regarding the OutClass™ early learning pod the school won. Red Bank Elementary also runs a forests schools kindergarten program as well as a Outdoor Classroom.

Red Bank Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Red Bank Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Red Bank Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Red Bank Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennessee

About OutClass™

Adam Bienenstock, Founder & Principal Designer

OutClass™ is the outdoor classroom extension of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, the leader in natural playground development since 1984.

The OutClass™ Outdoor Classroom allows teachers and educators to provide outdoor education in a safe, flexible, and pedagogically sound manner. Made of 100% sustainably-harvested wood, the OutClass™ system is the most effective, flexible, and natural solution to bring outdoor learning to your school.

Our team is passionate about bringing outdoor classrooms to schools across North America and enhancing outdoor education opportunities for students, teachers, and educators alike.

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