OES get invite to 'Class Act of 2016'

— Staff Report

November 12, 2013 

The third grade students at Oakhurst Elementary School have been invited to participate in Yosemite National Park's "Class Act of 2016" project for the next three years. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, every national park has adopted a class of 2016 graduates and has developed a series of fun, educational and engaging activities for students. Oakhurst Elementary is one of only five Gateway Schools invited to participate.

"Yosemite's" A Class Act of 2016" project, with OES working in concert with Yosemite National Park, will create lasting connections for our students to the legacy of public land," said Kathleen Murphy, Principal of Oakhurst Elementary School.

Specifically, Yosemite's Class of 2016 programs will reach across learning disciplines - from science to art and linking outdoor experiences to environmental education and stewardship. Each aspect of program delivery will focus on best practices, long-term connections and the best possible level of services with all the partnerships.

In conjunction with Yosemite National Park, OES will also be partnering with Nature Bridge. Programs for the students included a classroom visit on Oct. 3, field-based activities, an all-day field trip to Mariposa Grove on Nov. 1, distance learning, school-wide assembly (scheduled for January 17, 2014), special projects and long-term learning activities.

The first year program (2014) celebrates the Yosemite Grant and Wilderness Act; the second year program (2015) celebrates Yosemite's designation as a National Park; and the third year program (2016) celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park with a Centennial Youth Symposium.

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