This week, for their People and Nature class, Ben Walters and Sarah Croscutt took students on a hiking trip to the James River Loop. The loop combines the five major downtown trails (Belle Isle, Buttermilk, Buttermilk Heights, Forest Hill Park and North Bank) and can range between 8 and 13 miles, depending on the route taken.

The Institute for Outdoor Learning cites five key ways which exposure to the natural environment is beneficial to human health:

  • enhanced personal and social communication skills
  • increased physical health
  • enhanced mental and spiritual health
  • enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness
  • the ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to one’s own well-being.

Outdoor learning opportunities are central to our curriculum at Brook Road Academy, whether it’s on a field trip or right here on the beautiful campus of St. Joseph’s Villa.

Brook Road students on the James

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