The Nature Explore Classroom—Everything You Should Know!

By: Shelby Cook

For those of you who do not already know, Trees Indiana has a classroom. Now, this is not a normal classroom… It’s an outdoor classroom, and I’m going to tell you all about it!

The Nature Explore Classroom is open to the public during non-school hours, and it is located at Cedar Canyon Elementary School. It’s marked by a sign you can’t miss. Follow the mulch trail back to the woods, and you’re there.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the quiet trail, spend some time reflecting, pack a picnic, or explore and observe the various species of trees and wildlife. Either way, the outdoor classroom is a peaceful, nature rich spot for all-ages. As mentioned above, it is open to the public during non-school hours—so, the summer is a great time to check it out!

With all of this in mind, we also schedule group visits (i.e. scout troops, birthdays, and youth groups). If a group visit is scheduled, an educator will accompany the group and set up engaging activity stations for the children to rotate through. It’s important to note, it’s only necessary to schedule a visit if it’s for a group.

For more information or to schedule a group visit, email Carol Cavell, Trees Indiana’s executive director, at We hope you visit and enjoy!

About Shelby Cook

Shelby currently studies Public Relations at the University of Saint Francis. She has called Fort Wayne home her entire life (save for a quick stint in Kansas City, Missouri). She is passionate about health, the environment, and how the two interconnect. She wants to inspire everyone to get outside, and discover all that Fort Wayne has to offer!

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