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5th Grade Students Participate in Muddy Sneakers
Students walking across a bridge

Fifth-grade students at Knollwood Elementary School participated in their first of six Muddy Sneakers days on September 20th and October 6th, 2021.  Our 5th graders really enjoyed their first field trip since 2019.

“Muddy Sneakers, based out of Brevard, NC, is an outdoor science education program that works with fifth-grade public school students across 11 counties in Western North Carolina and eight counties in the Piedmont of North Carolina. This innovative program educates on the core concepts of the state science curriculum using hands-on, experiential teaching methods spread over multiple, outdoor classroom experiences. Currently, Muddy Sneakers partners with 47 schools and serves 3,450 students.” https://muddysneakers.org/about

Our fifth-grade students were able to visit a nearby, protected land area. The goal for this trip was to introduce the students to the marvels of the natural world by using experiential methods to teach the science curriculum. The goal of Muddy Sneakers is to create a lifelong love of nature.  Ultimately, this is done in a way that enhances academic achievement, inspires the joy of living, and plants an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.

This was the first of six Muddy Sneakers experiences our 5th graders will enjoy this year.  


Disclaimer:  Students were outside for all aspects of this trip so face masks were not required to be worn.

Story by Meredith Barbour, Knollwood Elementary School

Pictured:  Students enjoying their field trip.