uddy Sneakers, based out of Brevard, NC, is an environmental education program that works with 5th grade public school students across seven counties in Western North Carolina, five counties in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and two counties in Upstate South Carolina. This innovative program educates on the core concepts of the NC state science curriculum using hands-on, experiential teaching methods spread over multiple, outdoor classroom experiences. Currently, Muddy Sneakers partners with approximately 2,900 students at 44 different schools.
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uddy Sneakers has developed an extraordinarily cost-effective, results-driven model for learning by engaging children through the natural world. We see ourselves as a “gateway” program that seeks to introduce the concept of environmental literacy into the public schools at a critical developmental stage.
The Joy of Learning Outside
uddy Sneakers brings 5th grade students onto nearby, protected lands, with the goal of introducing them to the wonders of the natural world through teaching the science curriculum using experiential methods. Merging the energy of young students with the energy of these outdoor places sets the stage for deeply felt experiences that instill a “backyard” awareness to the Standard Course of Study. Muddy Sneakers strives to create in children a life-long love of nature and to do this in a way that enhances academic achievement, inspires the joy of living, and plants an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.