CDS’s outdoor education programming enhances our classroom curriculum and complements our school’s vision — to help our students develop skills, think creatively and critically, identify and solve problems, express themselves, and grow in character via the natural world. In addition, the programming helps each student develop foundational knowledge and appreciation for the great outdoors.
Beginning in Fourth Grade, our students attend a two-day program at Shaw Nature Reserve in Pacific, Mo., that includes educational activities in ecology, plants and wildlife, team-building, fishing, tree climbing, and more.
In subsequent experiential education experiences through Sixth Grade, students are exposed to tent camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, zip lining, astronomy, owl calling, and so much more. CDS Outdoor Education experiences are informative bonding experiences designed to encourage independence and build on one another.