On Saturday, June 1, students, families, teachers, and community members took some time out of their day to help clean up the nature trail behind the school and make space for an outdoor classroom. The classroom will allow students more authentic hands-on learning experiences and exposure to nature. “Recent studies show that exposure to nature significantly benefits mental health, academic achievement, physical health, and overall student well-being,” said Andrew Ferrone, second-grade teacher. Volunteers cleared the trail, removed invasive species, spread wood chips, placed bird houses, hung trail markers, and placed picnic tables to create a working classroom. “Whereas most districts have to travel to get access to these experiences, we have these opportunities right here; we just had to clean it up and make it more usable,” said Ferrone.