Waldorf education has reverence for nature at its core. As an urban campus located in a city of exceptional biodiversity and natural wonders, the Outdoor Classroom Initiative extends our curriculum beyond our school walls into the wilds of the Bay Area. Students are able to come into contact with experts in the field from foresters in the Presidio to marine scientists working at the Marin Headlands. This initiative supports daily contact with nature as part of our student’s academic lives.
Inspired by the work of Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods and the Nature Principle, our program is part of an international movement to connect students with nature. In addition to supporting the student curriculum, the Outdoor Classroom hosts a series of public events bringing the thinkers shaping this movement to our school to engage our community in a rich dialog.
The Outdoor Classroom Initiative is overseen by Amy Belkora, its coordinator, and supported by a committee of parents, staff, faculty and board members that have unique expertise in ecology, urbanism, and nature education. This group meets regularly and oversees two grant cycles per year for outdoor curricular enrichment for all SFWS students from the Parenting and After School Programs through the Grades and into the High School.