FIELDWORK & OVERNIGHTS

Fieldwork is an integral part of the FernLeaf experience and our educational approach.  

 

While many schools are reducing or removing field trips altogether, FernLeaf embraces fieldwork as a critical component of the learning process. These occasions provide opportunities to build school community while providing students with access to rich and meaningful experiences that support their education and enrich their lives.

 

Fieldwork becomes more advanced as our students grow. International travel opportunities are now available for middle grade students and above.

Overnight experiences are available for students starting in our early grades. These opportunities allow students to develop self-confidence, build independence and connection with their teams, and bring our FernLeaf community together.

NOTE: Due to the presence of COVID 19 overnight and international opportunities are limited.

All students participate in a minimum of Eight offsite learning experiences each year.

the areas of focus for fieldwork are:

OUTDOOR DESTINATION WITH A HIKING COMPONENT

We take advantage of our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain surroundings.

  • Dupont State Park

  • Holmes Educational State Forest

  • Smokey Mountain National Park

SERVICE LEARNING

Students benefit from working with the community to fulfill a local need.

  • Local food pantries

  • Local animal shelters

  • Local assisted living facilities 

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES

Students of every age experience artists performing at a professional level.

  • Symphony

  • Ballet

  • Opera

  • Dance

  • Musical theatre

  • Performance art

STUDENT DEVELOPED FIELDWORK

Students are primary drivers of the selection, planning and execution of the fieldwork.

  • Patton Pool

  • Day at the lake

OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Every grade level participates in at least one overnight experience together. 

  • Sleepovers in the classroom

  • Campouts on campus

  • Overnights at local camps

  • Wilderness camping trips

Project Work

Fieldwork is an important component of project based learning. Students reach out to the experts to find answers to their questions.

  • Restaurants

  • Auto shops

  • Airport

  • Trout Hatchery

  • Playgrounds and Parks

 

Other Field Work Opportunities

The possibilities are endless at FernLeaf!

  • Museums

  • Farms

  • Zoos

  • Public gardens