Since 2003, Gilmont has offered Outdoor School programs for students to wonder, hypothesize, observe, record, and learn together through their experience in nature. Using the five senses, scientific tools, field guides, and careful observation, students record findings in an engaging and scientific format to draw conclusions about the world around them.
Outdoor School field experiences help students build real world connections between the classroom and the forest ecosystem. Math and science vocabulary, principles, and processes all come to life in the natural world while students participate in engaging activities. Gilmont staff is commited to making field experiences meaningful and rich. Activities correlate to the state TEKS. Educators are welcome to request a copy of our TEKS correlated curriculum.
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Where is Gilmont Outdoor School located?
Gilmont is located 6 miles northeast of Gilmer, Texas off Highway 155. We are 2.5 hours east from the DFW area, 45 minutes north of Tyler, and 25 minutes from Longview. Our address is 6075 State Highway 155 N, Gilmer, TX 75644.
How much does a Residential/Day program cost?
Gilmont's pricing is tailored to each district because of the variety of class sizes, and the flexibility of the programs offered at Gilmont. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 903-797-6400 to get a quote for your group.
What is the role of teachers at Outdoor School?
Lessons are planned and implemented by Gilmont Outdoor School teachers who are passionate about teaching students in nature. We are eager to work with classroom teachers to deliver a meaningful experience that extends back to the classroom.
Classroom teachers are an integral part of Outdoor School. From classroom pre-trip anticipation-building and phone calls with anxious parents, teachers can weave school goals into curricular instruction while teaching on the trail. Over the years, we have noticed that a high level of teacher participation at Gilmont directly correlates to a much richer educational experience for students.
The teacher's presence and participation throughout the program not only ensures a smooth trip, but also provides the opportunity to get to know students in a new setting. Classroom teachers make connections to the classroom, evaluate student learning, and help students stay engaged.
What does a Residential Program include?
Residential programs are typically 3 days-2 nights.
Students eat kid-friendly meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Chaperones are required overnight. Students and chaperones stay in one of Gilmont's air-conditioned cabins with bunk beds and private baths. Learn more about Gilmont's sleeping spaces here.
This program is ideal for students 5th grade and up.
What does a Day Program include?
A typical day is 9 am-2 pm.
Gilmont will not provide lunch for students; sack lunches are required.
This program is ideal for students in 1st grade and up. Gilmont staff will work with classroom teachers to discern relevant and engaging curriculum for each grade level.
Gilmont's Educational Philosophy is built on the following principles:
Building Classroom Community - the "4 Cs"
Using Nature as a Guide
There are many lessons about relationships we can learn by using natural systems as a model. Learning to value the natural world helps us to realize the importance of our connections with each other, our responsibility for caring for the world, and ultimately, valuing our place in the world.
Setting High Expectations for Success
Gilmont Outdoor School emphasises vocabulary and skills based on the State Objectives. We believe that demonstration and immersion are essential components for an engagement level that will transfer back to the classroom.
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