Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project
“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth
The Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP) is a community-supported environmental education program of the Ukiah Unified School District (UUSD). Located on 45 acres of mixed oak woodland bordered by the west fork of the Russian River, it is a place where students can directly experience the natural world. They learn how to use eagle eyes, deer ears, and put on silent magic slippers to discover vital lessons found in nature. During the winter months environmental education is brought into the classroom by the RVOEP staff.
RVOEP is a Project where:
- Over 2,000 UUSD students directly experience the natural world each year.
- Young people learn about community and interdependence.
- Students are instilled with a sense of stewardship and caring for the earth.
- Curiosity is sparked.
- Students hone their senses, practice observation, and engage in the scientific process.
- The present generation passes on a legacy of our natural world to future generations.