The Outdoor Classroom Initiative

The San Francisco Waldorf School is pleased to announce the creation of a new school-wide initiative: The Outdoor Classroom. Inspired by the work of Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Nature Principle, our program is part of an international movement to connect students with nature. 

As our field trips and curriculum demonstrate, Waldorf pedagogy has reverence for nature at its core. Our campus is located in a city of exceptional biodiversity and natural wonders. The Outdoor Classroom will increase connections beyond our school walls into the wilds of the Bay Area and with experts in the field.  It will assist in organizing and implementing school-based programming that increases our students’ access to the outdoors and environmental education.

In addition to supporting the student curriculum, the Outdoor Classroom will host a series of public events bringing the thinkers shaping this movement to our school to engage our community in a rich dialog. 

Our committee mixes faculty, staff, parents and board members. Members for the current school year are Ben Pittenger, John Burket, Ellie Capers (retired), and Matt Hart from the High School. Karmin Guzder and Amy Belkora from the Grade School. Staff members include Cory Powers and Mitch Mitchell. Parents include Damien Raffa (Gd 7), Kyle Macdonald (Gds 2 and 5), and Ali Sant (Gds 2 and K, also a member of the Board of Trustees). Amy Belkora will serve as coordinator. Thanks to generous donors including the SEED Fund for making the Outdoor Classroom possible.

We look forward to sharing news and conversation surrounding this exciting new initiative. If you have questions about the Outdoor Classroom please contact Amy Belkora (abelkora@sfwaldorf.org) or any of the committee members listed above. Watch the newsletter and website for future announcements.