Area teachers are able to use the Nebraska outdoors to make a difference in kids, even those with tough challenges.
Kearney first graders are tackling the great outdoors this week by getting a hands-on experience with nature.
These kids are getting out of the classroom and learning new things, while also having fun studying rocks and searching for bugs.
With exercises like these, teachers find that even students with learning disabilities or ADD have no trouble picking up new information.
Students rotate between four educational hands-on activities including rocks, plants and Indian life. During these exercises they are encouraged to challenge their minds and think outside the box.
"We have a new trial, or new activity called the unnatural trail," coordinator of outdoor days, Matt Jones said. "It's a trail they walk down, they're looking for unnatural items. Man made items, things like trash or toys that wouldn't appear in nature."