Students from Pleasant Hill Elementary School, in South Austin, are already catching butterflies in the gardens of the Austin school district’s first outdoor classroom and training site, which opens this week.
The Discovery Hill Outdoor Learning Center — the first of its kind installed in Texas by the National Wildlife Federation, which partners with districts across the state — will be a training location for teachers, as well as a destination for class field trips. The site, behind the district’s Science and Health Resource Center near the elementary, contains all native plants, bugs and other wildlife. The center is the product of a more than two year-long partnership with the wildlife federation aimed at getting students outdoors, where research shows they learn better.
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