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Outdoor #education sparks healthy, well-rounded learning. That's why we created #GreenAppleDay of Service!

Many of us know that spending time outside is one of the best ways to reduce stress. In fact, it’s backed by science—studies have shown that being outdoors not only makes us feel healthier, it also helps our brains function better. It’s a lesson that we need to take to heart in the classroom. As a teacher, I’m a big supporter of technology and the role it plays in preparing children for their future careers. But I’m also a firm believer that we need to balance the emphasis on technology with an appreciation for the educational power of the outdoors and sustainability. For more than two years, students, faculty and volunteers throughout the community have worked to build an outdoor classroom at Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington, Minnesota, where I teach. It’s been a passion project for us, and we’re excited to unveil this living classroom when the school year starts...

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