A National Model for Outdoor Education
The Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF) School is a comprehensive outdoor learning school operated in partnership with the Springfield Public School System, Wonders of Wildlife and Bass Pro Shops. The school inspires and educates the next generation of conservation leaders by offering 5th grade students a complete curriculum. Students spend a significant amount of time in nature, learning through hands on exploration. When in the classroom, the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center provides state-of-the-art facilities to further their learning with technology and an outdoor learning lab.
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Springfield Public Schools
What Does a Year at WOLF School Look Like?
Water ecosystems: Students start the year actually in the water with canoes, kayaks, fishing poles, and snorkels, investigating water ecosystems.
Forest/glade/savannah ecosystems: As fall approaches, they begin hunting, fishing, and hiking. As the weather cools students are introduced to map and compass, dog training (as it applies to hunting), outdoor cooking, wilderness first aid, and fall foliage.
Cave ecosystems: During the cold winter months, the students continue with much of the above, as is practical, but add more indoor activities including: woodworking, taxidermy, rock climbing, caves/grotto, wild game cooking, nature art, trapping, eagle watching, and animal handling.
Wetland/Prairie ecosystems: As spring begins the students study wetland and prairie habitats. They begin looking at wildflowers and wild edibles.
Backyard habitats: In addition to all of the above, the students will look at gardening and backyard birding.
Water ecosystems: As the students approach the end of school, and the water warms up again, they will re-visit our favorite water spots with a whole new perspective.