Classroom of the Earth
The Classroom of the Earth program draws children outside their comfort zones — where they can find the confidence to learn, the compassion to serve, and the courage to lead.
The constant distraction of technology can impact students’ connection to the natural world. We developed Classroom of the Earth to help GSES students become more independent, confident, and mature — challenging them in ways the structured classroom environment cannot. By getting them outdoors early, we help each child find balance and incorporate it into their own lives.
miles traveled by students each year with Classroom of the Earth
miles hiked by each student during their COE experience
nights spent under the stars with COE
The Classroom of the Earth program is founded on the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). From their earliest experiences on the GSES grounds, students begin to learn about their wondrous and reciprocal relationship with the natural environment.
Developed as an easy-to-understand guide to minimizing humans’ impact outdoors, the Leave No Trace Principles have become the standard for hikers, campers, and adventurers of all ages—whether they’re exploring the wilderness or enjoying a sleepover in their own backyard.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Our Episcopal Tradition
The Pre-K through 8 Model
The Fit For Our Future Campaign