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At The Outdoor Classroom, educational programming goes beyond curricula normally associated with a nature center. With a rich local history of Native American use, early settler development, room and pillar coal mining, agriculture and ecological diversity, this facility has a remarkable scope of elements readily at hand for diverse programs.
The Classroom offers something for everyone, including programs for teachers, students, service groups, government officials, business leaders, and community residents.
First opening its doors for the 2004-2005 school year as the Regional Environmental Education Center (REEC), The Outdoor Classroom continues to educate students of all ages through hands-on, interactive outdoor education programs focusing on the Environment & Ecology and as well as other education standards of Pennsylvania grade PreK through twelfth grade continually expanding its programming through highly developed adult and family programs, educational summer camps and a host of other year-round programs and events.
The Classroom’s activities also impart a wide community influence as they offer something for everyone, including events for teachers, students, service groups, government officials, business leaders, community residents, and entire family groups. Utilizing a long and varied local history of Native American use, early settler development, room and pillar coal mining, agricultural and ecological diversity, the facility has a remarkable scope of elements readily at hand for diverse and current programs. Programs at the Classroom are open to a variety of age groups, age two through adult, and cover a wide range of topics from butterflies and the ecosystem to Boy Scout Environmental Merit Badges and current environmental impacts. By encouraging youth involvement in the Regional Environmental Education Center it is the Township’s hope that young people will develop a sense of their place in the environment and continue to be a part of not only Boyce Mayview Park but also of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s environmental future.