Outdoor Education

CDS’s outdoor education programming enhances our classroom curriculum as it also 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, teambuilding, fishing, tree climbing, and more.

Our Sixth Grade students participate in a three-day outdoor education experience at Camp Ondessonk in Ozark, Ill. This program features tent camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, zip lining, astronomy, owl calling, and more.