As an expansion of our Tree School program, Up With Trees implemented an outdoor classroom at Hamilton Elementary School for students to learn and play surrounded by nature. Thanks to the generous donation by the Joe and Jean Holliman Family Foundation, we established 97 trees, 114 shrubs and 288 perennials ranging from tall evergreens and Oklahoma’s beloved redbud trees to goldenrods and ornamental grasses.
The outdoor classroom is separated into five main sections designed to enhance the students’ learning environment. The central meeting area is intended for traditional lecture-style lessons, while the other portions encourage students to enjoy performances, read a book, and explore their senses. With a constructed stage, creekbed, building area, sensory garden and more, students’ love of learning will only grow as this outdoor classroom fosters curiosity and a desire for discovery.