Committed to Creativity in Learning
Our educational and creative curriculum is specifically designed to address TEKS and STAAR elements required by the state of Texas. Combining hands-on learning with our energetic staff, Outdoor University classes create a fun and educational environment for teachers and students.
At Outdoor University, our teachers and staff are highly screened, fully trained, and kid friendly. Your students will be excited to learn in a safe and fun outdoor setting. Each member of our staff will serve, encourage and challenge your students during the classes and activities.
Students will take part in an interactive history lesson to find out what it was like to live in Texas during its early days as a republic. Through self-discovery, they will cooperatively learn how settlers survived in the wilderness, gain knowledge on how to make candles and rope, as well as see what an average day was like for our Texan forefathers.
Following learning activities about the stars, moon and other celestial bodies, students will have an opportunity to display their knowledge and further their skills as they take part in a night hike combined with star gazing. Each student will utilize the use of telescopes to identify the constellations and other exciting and significant displays of the night sky.
Gain practical knowledge of what it was like to be a real East Texas Cowboy or Cowgirl. Students will be immersed in cowboy culture with games and will even experience the excitement of using a lasso. Then they will discover the history of the horse, how to ride and wrangle, plus how to feed and groom horses. To top it all off, students will take a good old fashioned trail ride through the beautiful forests of East Texas.
Discover the parts of a compass and the basic skills to guide yourself around Allaso Ranch. Students will utilize strategies they have learned to work together as a team, exercising their new navigating skills and trekking their way to various rally points, solving the mystery of Allaso Ranch.
Ever wonder what’s really in the water? Now is the time to find out! Come join in an aquatic study that will lead to recognizing and experimenting with what really goes on in a lake. Learn to take water and soil samples in addition to actively engaging with the life cycles and food chains of the diverse inhabitants that call lakes and other fresh water sources home.
Students will engage their senses by walking through the forest and become familiar with its dynamics. Learning the life, functions, and uses of trees and various vegetation, they will develop a relationship to all of the “green” that surrounds us. Students will experience all of the components of trees, leaves, plants and flowers, and learn how to identify the various species by their characteristics.