Nestled in a hardwood forest in the middle of Fairview’s Bowie Nature Park   
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Fern Top Forest Classroom

There is no limit to the programs offered at Bowie Nature Park.  Fern Top's Forest Classroom is a perfect example of how valuable Bowie Park
and Joann's Outdoor Classroom are for extending a child's world and imagination. Nature offers a unique educational experience using
the outdoor environment as a classroom.
There is evidence that being in nature enhances the emotional and physical growth of children and adults walking the trails and sightseeing the many nature artworks in a serene setting. 

Numerous evaluation suggests Forest Schools make a difference in the following ways:

Confidence: children had the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence

Social skills: children gained increased awareness of the consequences of their actions on peers through team activities such as sharing tools and participating in play

Communication: language development was prompted by the children’s sensory experiences

Motivation: the woodland tended to fascinate the children and they developed a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time

Physical skills: these improvements were characterised by the development of physical stamina and gross and fine motor skills

Knowledge and understanding: the children developed an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment

Clare Nugent's Fern Top Preschool

The day I visited the classroom it was raining.  Adults usually shy away from being outdoors in the rain.  I told Clare I was surprised they were at the classroom that day.  Her reply was, "It is not thundering".   I was totally impressed from that moment on as she interacted with the children.


Joann's Outdoor Classroom    ♦    Location: Bowie Nature Park    ♦    Bowie Lake Road    ♦    Fairview, TN 37062    ♦    615-799-5544