The Great Outdoors

. May 29, 2015.

Nothing beats a day in the sun, while breathing fresh air and learning about biology. Ann Arbor’s Greenhills School taps into the great outdoors as a learning environment, with new plans for an outdoor classroom. Named after long-time Greenhills’ educators Martha and Tom Friedlander, the Friedlander Outdoor Forum is a 1,535-square-foot classroom and observation deck. In a 2004 study done by Julie Athman and Martha Monroe, students in environment-based education programs had significantly higher motivation levels than those taught in traditional classrooms. That’s what Greenhills private school hopes to do with their new plan, still under review by the Ann Arbor Planning Commission.