June 23, 2014 6:30 pm

Edmonton school takes learning outdoors

Norwood Natural Learning Grounds, June 23, 2014.

Dave Carels, Global News

EDMONTON – An Edmonton elementary school is bringing its students closer to nature with a new outdoor classroom.

Norwood School celebrated the grand opening of its Natural Learning Grounds on Monday, a project that’s been four years in the making.

“[The students] started dreaming really big about really dynamic play spaces and rich learning spaces and biodiverse school grounds, not just a monoculture of grass,” said Principal Joanne Wynn.

The new additions to the school include a traditional medicine wheel.

“We wanted for the kids to understand the wisdom of people who’ve come before us,” explained Wynn.

There is also a biking and walking path for both the students and the community.

In 2010, Norwood launched a three-phase grounds renewal project to create dynamic, biodiverse play spaces and engage students in the learning process.

The opening of the outdoor classroom marks the completion of phase two of the project.

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