As one of St. John's Signature Programs, our Outdoor Education curriculum guides students through a series of hands-on experiences where science, math, and art converge through myriad opportunities outside of the classroom. Outdoor Education collaborations are in progress across every grade level. For example, second and fourth grades head to the Dallas Arboretum for classes to extend their units on insects and soil science. The seventh grade French class established the new French potager garden, and the first graders have a great time observing fall hummingbird migration in the outdoor classroom.
In the Garden Enterprise elective, Middle School students tore down the summer garden, seeded fall crops, completed monthly water testing at the Dixon Branch Creek across from campus, and designed a special St. John’s branded food label for the prepared foods that come from our campus. Our Outdoor Education allows students to engage in their community and support many organizations to further deepen their experiences at St. John's.
Follow St. John's Director of Outdoor Education Tony Adler on Instagram and enjoy the outdoors! Be sure to check back often to see Mr. Adler's photographs!
Bald Eagle Tracker
The eagles have landed near St. John's! Bald Eagles have been spotted around the White Rock Lake area for over two decades and have been known to nest along the Trinity River and far south Dallas County for several years. However, this year, a nesting pair of eagles has chosen a nesting location less than a mile from the St. John's Campus. We are lucky enough to have a view of the eagles' nest from the school and we will provide regular footage of them throughout the nesting season. We ask that you do not seek out this nest and that you leave substantial space between you and the eagles if you happen to see them. Our footage has been and will be collected by individuals who are familiar with the protocols of observing a protected species.
In 2007, Bald Eagles were removed from the endangered species list however, they are still protected by multiple federal laws, protecting not only the eagles themselves, but their nests, eggs, feathers, nest trees, and more.
Often, eagles return to the same nesting location year after year; We are hopeful that by extending the values of the St. John's code to our winged neighbors, they will find a comfortable home at White Rock Lake.