The Fay School enjoys one of the most beautiful landscapes in the city of Houston, situated on Buffalo Bayou with our very own habitat of abundant green space, nature trails and a view of nature from every classroom. In addition to its physical and aesthetic beauty, our children understand that the natural environment is indeed a classroom unto itself. The Fay School’s Outdoor Education program is a collaboration of faculty and parents that introduces and nurtures both a love and understanding of nature. A great body of research indicates that today’s children suffer from ‘nature deficit disorder’ from their lack of exposure to the natural world. Children who engage in their natural environment not only score better in science classes, but also exhibit increased self-confidence, better body image, increased cognitive ability, less testing and performance anxiety, and they tend to play more cooperatively. Accordingly, The Fay School believes its Outdoor Education program to be an essential element to educating the whole child.
The Outdoor Education curriculum at Fay allows children a hands-on experience to explore and learn through their nature, gaining skills that expand their intellectual and emotional intelligence. Children learn new vocabulary words relating to nature, how to use tools to explore, such as magnifying glasses, tape measures and binoculars, as well as gain a science-based understanding of plants and animals in our habitat. Equally as important, our students learn to appreciate the sensory aspect of our habitat, with exposure to art and poetry that is inspired by nature, while learning to move gently among nature and overcome the fear of new experiences. Ask any child at The Fay School about Outdoor Education and watch them light up with joy and enthusiasm!