Kellogg FIELD School
Kellogg FIELD School provides home-schooled children with an interdisciplinary, community-centered, social experience through environmental education. Environmental education is more than just science; it combines all elements of natural and cultural history with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. FIELD School is an outdoor-based enrichment program. While it does not take the place of a formal school, the lessons we design are integrated with AK state standards.
CHICKADEES : Age 5
HANDS-ON, THEMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR FIVE YEAR OLDS.
Chickadees discover ecological principles using sensory awareness activities and through investigations of our local natural and built environments…
MAGPIES : Ages 6-7
PROJECT-BASED AND PLACE-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR 6-7 YEAR OLDS.
Magpies work collaboratively to complete and present projects, emphasizing relevant, local investigations. This approach involves the student in decision-making and problem-solving processes…
RAVENS : Ages 8-9
PROJECT-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR 8-9 YEAR OLDS.
Ravens investigate relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics. Project based learning requires interdisciplinary group interactions and problem solving….
EAGLES : Ages 10-11
PROJECT-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR 10-11 YEAR OLDS.
The Eagles will be investigating project based and relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics. The Eagles class will compare closely to the Ravens program by working on long term projects…
OWLS : Ages 12-13
PROJECT-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR 12-13 YEAR OLDS.
Kellogg Field School is offering an Owls class based on expressed interest. The Owls will be investigating relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics…
SANDHILL CRANES : Girls 12-14
A RESEARCH-BASED PROGRAM FOR 12-14 YEAR OLD GIRLS.
The Sandhill Cranes will explore the basics of applied field research. Students will investigate natural and social environments through the eyes of the researcher…
NATURAL NUMBERS & NOUNS : AGES 8-9
Math and language arts skills through nature-based projects.
Each week learners will take on a project that requires the use of writing, reading and math skills. Emphasis will be on learning the fundamentals in each of these three disciplines…
from the community.
My son started FIELD school as a Chickadee when it first opened 8 years ago. I have 4 children and now they all attend farm school. The teachers are caring, the curriculum is inspired and the experiences are invaluable. FIELD school is hands down, the sole reason I continue to homeschool. It allows my children the chance to do things that I can’t do with them at home. I love the fact that they are outside daily hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Children need to be outside and they get that on the vast and beautiful APU campus. FIELD school has given my children a solid foundation in Alaskan culture, science and environmental sustainability. I can’t say enough good things about this school. We just love it!
When applying to become a graduate student in Alaska Pacific University’s MSOEE (Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education) program, the opportunity to teach for FIELD School was one of aspects of the program I most looked forward to participating in. Luckily, I was accepted into the program, progressed from an assistant instructor to a lead instructor and enjoyed every step along the way–from being immersed in the culture of FIELD School to helping create connections between parents, students, other instructors and the wider community. Being an instructor for FIELD School offered me the chance to explore a variety of teaching methods and styles (that we studied in the graduate program!) in a supportive, trusting and encouraging environment all while helping young people learn about exciting topics in fun, integrative and experiential ways. It was both demanding and rewarding at times, but the lessons I learned from this unique experience will definitely extend into all of my future education endeavors.
I can apply the same techniques that I learned while teaching at the Kellogg Field School within my high school classroom.
I constantly utilize classroom management skills I developed with my Ravens at the Kellogg Field School with my Environmental Science High School Class. I don’t care who you are, learning must be made fun, interesting, & relevant to who you are as a human being!