Education: Nature's Way

To thousands of New York City schoolkids, crouching on sidewalks over their games of marbles, wild life means the alley cat screeching on the back fence. The closest they get to nature is the neighborhood park. This week, a committee of New York's Board of Education released a glowing report on an experiment in outdoor education. Last summer, the board had sent 62 fifth-and seventh-graders to a LIFE camp in the lake-&-woodlands of New Jersey. Unlike previous LIFE camps, which have been holidays, this one was on classroom time.

For three weeks, they swam,...

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