First-of-its-kind 'outdoor classroom' in Central Florida

Outdoor learning experience now open at Seminole County school

By Erik von Ancken - Anchor/Reporter

OVIEDO, Fla. - Spend a few minutes exploring the "Dramatic Play" area, the butterfly zone, or the "Music and Movement" area, and you'll see why the newly-opened Slavia Village - The Outdoor Classroom at St. Luke's School in Oviedo is so unique.

It's actually a collection of classrooms - outside - for students to experience learning in fun, hands-on, out-of-the-box ways.

There's nothing like it in Central Florida. It looks like a garden in the courtyard in the middle of the Lutheran School, but it's much more. The butterflies in the butterfly garden are real.

There's an artist's corner with easels handcrafted from wood. The old-fashioned water pump really pumps out water. The "Dramatic Play" area features several little play houses the perfect size for young children.

The "Music and Movement" area contains wind chimes, drums, and a double-sized sandbox for dancing. And there's even an area for budding engineers, allowing them to adjust angles and get rocks rolling down simulated chutes.

Parents, teachers, staffers, and administrators built it. Mostly by hand. One weekend at a time. They donated their time, their skills, and the supplies.

Slavia Village - The Outdoor Classroom officially opened Saturday.

St. Luke's School in Oviedo is a Lutheran preschool, elementary, and middle school.

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