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Outdoor Classroom

February 11, 2008

Eleanor,

Outdoor Classroom 

Last year, we searched the internet for a solution to a good problem. Our educational programs for youth had outgrown our indoor classroom facilities. While most of the education is outdoor-based – it is important to have a covered, weather-proof zone to gather and conduct some instruction. When I happened upon the your website, and saw the dome yurt – I thought our search was over. The holding capacity, shape (blends in with our cold-frame greenhouses), and sturdy construction made the decision an easy one. It did take a bit of convincing for the board to release the funds, which for a non-profit, are very precious. But they saw what I saw – an opportunity to increase the scope and breadth of our educational outreach to youth.

When the packages arrived, a team of four weathered the cold to construct the dome yurt – only hours before a group of 25 girl scouts were scheduled to participate in a full day of nature exploration. It was an instant hit with the entire staff, and most importantly the young ladies whose laughter and song filled every “round” inch of the dome. With our new classroom firmly in place, the sky became the limit in terms of scheduling more and more youth programs.

Bronwyn
Education Director

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