Mead Outdoor Learning Center

One day during the summer of 2015, I had an idea. Mead Elementary School has the highest poverty rate among the elementary schools in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Within the building and playground area is a courtyard that is essentially unused space.

Children today are facing what is called a "nature-deficit" due to an overuse of technology and staying indoors more often. Being outside benefits the brain. Not only does being outside in green space calm the brain, but it reduces stress, and increases focus and mindfulness- all of which can transfer to the indoor classroom.  Students will have an opportunity for both outdoor education and social-emotional learning. 

The overall multi-sensory vision of the space includes a Music and Movement Area, Gathering/Teaching Area, Garden Area, Climbing Area, Building Area, Nature Art Area and an Open Grass Area, along with various plantings, trees and pathways. 

This facility will be available for use by both the students and staff of Mead Elementary and citizens of the community. The OLC will tie in with the future Mead Splash Pad and park renovation. 

Donations (6)

  • Linda Anunson
    • $25 
    • 5 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Melissa Miller
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Mead Elementary Charter School Governing Council

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