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Hands-on, out-of-classroom learning adds educational options and greatly enhances comprehension. Virginia's widespread and numerous state parks and natural areas are ideal for such learning, and the system’s SOL-referenced Your Backyard Classrooms program offers an easy, fun and exciting ways for teachers to help students learn about nature, history and culture.
: There’s so much we can learn from going out and observing nature. Whether you’re teaching about ecosystems, identifying different kinds of trees, or you just want to explore your local environment, there are plenty of learning opportunities right on school grounds. These science games are engaging, adaptable, and challenge students to put their new knowledge into practice. It’s also an interactive way to get students learning outdoors.