Nido Without Walls
Experiential Education at Nido
Challenge and Experience - Reflection - Learning and Growth
Experiential Education is a philosophy through which “educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities,” as stated by the Association for Experiential Education. Nido teachers use experiential learning in many different areas of the curriculum, including the project approach, MakerSpace, and our outdoor education program.
Experiential Education and outdoor educational programming have been central to the Nido Way since the School's founding in 1934. Waldo Stevenson believed that the most appropriate environment for character formation is in the outdoors with the guidance of specialized teachers, and this remains one of the most important and unique components of the Nido experience. Our nontraditional, out-of-the-classroom approach allows students to engage in authentic, consequential experiences, learn by doing, and grow comfortable with taking risks.
All of our students, from ECC through High School, have numerous opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, connect with nature and ultimately benefit from the life lessons and wisdom they earn from the experience. Children are given both on- and off-campus opportunities - local and throughout South America - to experience outdoor education programming and settings that are appropriate at their different stages of development. In 2017, we are opening a campus Adventure Challenge course that will facilitate teamwork and problem solving skills through low-ropes activities.
Off-campus trips often have additional costs that are not included in the annual tuition and fees.
For questions about the outdoor education program at Nido, please contact Zack Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Education Coordinator