Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom
Posted on 04/30/2021
Student cuts ribbon in front of outdoor classroom

The West Essex high school STEM Club has been planning an outdoor classroom for the past few years. In 2019, we launched our Green Team initiative with members from the student body to the upper administration. While covid-19 temporarily put many of our plans to the side, the STEM club and green team continued to work on a plan to install an outdoor classroom on the school campus. The goal is to connect students with nature and provide a green space for students to learn and work outside of the traditional classrooms. By hosting some classes outdoors, we hope to inspire students to get involved with their environment and to enjoy what nature has to offer us. In the spring of 2020 club president  Abigail Boggier applied for, and received,  a PSE&G grant for the NJ Sustainable School Initiative.  COVID hindered their progress last year and earlier this year, but the supplies were purchased and the furniture for the classroom was recently assembled  by members of our maintenance team. On Wednesday, April 21, STEM CLUB members helped stain the benches and podium, and then three members, Abby Boggier, Charley Rich, and Anna Wilcomes  along with Ms. Berthelot transported and arranged them on campus.


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, April 30th at 8:45 am. The first class to utilize this space was Abby's True Crime class with Mr. Bryan McNaught.