MPE Outdoor Learning Center
The MPE Outdoor Learning Center is a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation
that serves as an open-air laboratory where students perform scientific experiments, plant and harvest various crops,
and observe and learn about ecosystems. The experiential curriculum allows students from kindergarten
through sixth grade to expand their understanding of science and their connection to nature.
Here's what we have to look forward to this year in the OLC:
*K-6 curriculum-based weekly lessons that will integrate the 4 TEKS (Science, Math, Language Arts and Social Studies.)
* We'll have speakers every 6 weeks for different grade levels to incorporate our garden learning. Examples are Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas Worm Ranch, Wildlife 911, TXWildlife.org and many more!
* We're reaching out to community volunteers, Master Gardeners and anyone who loves to get their hands in the dirt, to help in the OLC. We have a series called "In the Garden" that will allow Master Gardeners to gain their hours needed for the year. Kids and volunteers will benefit!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, feel free to contact Lindsay Baronoskie at Lindsay.Baronoskie@risd.org.
MPE CHICKENS LOVE SCHOOL!
The OLC has a chicken coop that was built by our amazing Dad's Club!
Betsy, Ann and Jane greet students every school day and miss them on weekends.
Click HERE to see how MPE students will benefit from our chicken coop.
Click HERE to read about understanding urban chickens
A covered area provides shade for the MPE Scarecrows created by the 1st Graders
students when they are learning. adorn the OLC in the Fall.