Elementary Schools

James River Celebrates Outdoor Learning

James River Celebrates Outdoor Learning

JAMES CITY — Elementary school students, elected officials, parents and teachers gathered Tuesday in the woods behind James River Elementary School.

The cause for the eclectic gathering was the official re-opening of two outdoor classrooms where James River students can now learn, surrounded by nature.

"I'm excited that we get a change of scenery and get to learn outside in the fresh air," said fifth-grader Claire Bauer, 10.

The classrooms had been covered with fallen trees for over a decade, the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel in 2003. But in May, the Parent Teacher Association decided to restore the two outdoor learning spaces.

Over the summer,...