Outdoor Education

A highlight of The Country School experience is our signature Outdoor Education program, a school-wide undertaking that uses the outdoors as both teacher and classroom, providing unique learning and leadership opportunities for all participants. This independent day school located on the shoreline in Madison, Connecticut, emphasizes the importance of the outdoors in programs that begin in PreSchool and culminate right before 8th Grade Graduation.

During the course of their years at The Country School, our students will hike the nature trail that surrounds campus and master challenges on our on-campus ropes course; they will paddle canoes along the Connecticut River and Delaware Water Gap; and they will climb mountains, scale rock walls, and ride river rapids in Utah. These students travel well beyond their New Haven County campus.

An 8th Grader created this video about the 2016 trip to Utah.

Lessons that cannot occur within the walls of a classroom

The Country School’s Outdoor Education program allows students to define and strengthen for themselves qualities of character and citizenship, ideals of practical and philosophical leadership, notions of responsible stewardship of the environment, and sound decision-making skills. Outdoor experiences through this Mission-based program help children learn about themselves, their peers, and their teachers in ways that simply cannot occur within the confines of the classroom.

Success isn't defined by the top of that rock face; it's defined by where you think you can go and then you're able to reach that point and then, is it that one more inch?

— Bob McGee, TCS math teacher and Outdoor Education Program founder

To read an article about Mr. McGee and the Outdoor Education Program, click here.

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