“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.”
-Frank L. Wright
Since 1995, The Nature Center, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, has been designed and built by students, families, members of the community, volunteer nature center community groups, and the faculty of Acacia Academy. Growth continues as new projects are conceived. It is a never-ending work in progress.
Field Trips Available! Call 708-579-9040
Richard Louv supports nature as an outdoor prescription for a happier, healthier life for all. Turn off the television, unplug the video games and take the cell phone away from your ears…”plug into nature."
Now, my tree-climbing days long behind me, I often think about the lasting value of those early, deliciously idle days. I have come to appreciate the long view afforded by those treetops. The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses."
Richard Louv, author Last Child in the Woods
Students reap the benefits of fresh air and oxygen as they receive instruction in the outdoors. This practice has improved their ability to learn. Academic levels and test scores have improved as a result of the opportunity to study in the nature center. Our ‘No Child Left Inside’ theme reinforces the benefits of education in the outdoors. Students are involved in outdoor studies which minimizes the possibility of Nature Deficit Disorder.” -Kathryn Fouks, Principal of Acacia Academy
Weaving the Green: Integrating Curriculum with the Outdoors
*We invite the community and other school groups to “take a walk” with us in our Nature Center