COLLEGEVILLE PA – To help local teachers combine their indoor curriculum with an outdoor classroom – in which math, science, history and reading lessons leverage nature to create hands-on learning that benefits students in several ways – two area organizations will conduct “A Day in the Outdoor Classroom” training Feb. 20 (2010; Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Collegeville.

Penn State Cooperative Extension, and the Penn State Extension Montgomery County (PA) Master Gardeners will hold the session at the 4-H Center on Route 113, one mile south of Skippack.

Outdoor classrooms are becoming increasingly popular in area schools. Topics of the day include a guide to an outdoor classroom, square-foot gardening, attracting songbirds, Shaker gardens and Shaker herbs, and gardening in the classroom. The program will be taught by master gardeners and Extension staff members.

Participants will need to bring a brown bag lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Pre-registration and a fee payment are required. For more information, call 610-489-4315.

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