Cincinnati Country Day School is nestled in a pastoral setting. Since its founding in 1926, the 62-acre campus has played an import part in fulfilling CCDS’s mission. Beginning in the 1960s, environmental education became a more intentional part of the curriculum with organized nature walks, nature-oriented clubs, field trips, and beautification projects. Today, our environmental programs celebrate and encourage the various ways students connect with living communities inside and out of the classroom.
Over the past several years, the Lower School has embarked on a vigorous outdoor education program for children 18 months through grade 4. This program, led by an outdoor education specialist, introduces and connects indoor classroom learning with outdoor classroom experiences that enhance, broaden, and deepen the traditional learning environment. From nature walks and bird blinds to water experiments and pond studies, Country Day students are able to make "natural" learning connections.
The creation of an Outdoor Education Area (OEA) animates a core thread of environmental studies throughout the Pre-K through 12 curriculum. The OEA helped guide the designing of our Master Plan to better utilize the space on campus, foster a campus community, and unify the campus with common areas where students and colleagues can interact and collaborate.