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Why Outsiders?

We have been asked how Outsiders is different? What is the philosophy? We believe that Environment Based Education should be a way of life and that hands-on learning through adventure and rich living books is quickly becoming extinct. Recent studies show that by integrating an outdoor inquiry-based education model into curriculum we can help our children develop critical thinking skills, become better problem solvers, learn “deep” content knowledge, gain an appreciation for their surroundings, establish life skills, develop a love of learning, foster passion based futures in the work force, and become more environmentally literate citizens. Knowing that more is CAUGHT than TAUGHT, we model this as adults and parents and influencers. If we are passionate, that spark has the ability to ignite a wildfire in our future...our children!! This has become the anthem for Outsiders. An educational outdoor community that exists to foster a love of learning and an environment where children are free to learn through adventure and hands on experience. To come alongside and encourage children (our future), parents, guardians, and homeschool families, knowing that we are all in this together. THIS is Community. A place where a feast is laid before our children, where the world is made accessible to them and they are put in the way of a variety of things and of passionate individuals willing to share because we know that there are no cookie cutter learners. Where our children are encouraged and inspired to do hard things. To figure out and establish what makes them tick, what their passions and interests are, and then inspire them to pursue those very things with every fiber. A banner of hope for our children. Not only to read about it, but to touch it, photograph it, dissect it, examine it, test it....experience it, and by doing so, grow in our children and in US a hunger for more. Richard Luv says it best, ""An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world." -Last Child in the Woods

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