Out of the classroom, into the world.
WE ARE A FREE MINNESOTA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 – 12
At the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, students will foster their knowledge, love and respect for the environment while promoting sustainability for future generations. This teacher-led school is located near Maple Lake, Minnesota in the heart of Wright County.
A School Like No Other
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) gets kids excited about learning by tailoring learning opportunities to match their interests. Students pursue their passions and academics at the same time by earning credit for projects they design.
- Love to draw? Create a comic book about about an interesting person or event in history.
- Video gaming more your speed? Learn about an ancient civilization and build a game.
- Like to hunt or fish? Turn your trophy into an anatomy lesson.
- You like to cook - bake a cake that represents the layers of the earth's crust.
- Want to take a hike? Photograph and identify wildlife along the way.
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Click here for a Showcase of Student Projects
Why this learning model makes a difference for students and families?
Students don't have to be taught, they need to learn. This is a distinction. Student-Driven Project Based Learning allows students to take initiative and be responsible for their learning. When a student is interested and actively engaged in their own education they feel empowered, confident, and it builds the foundation for further successes - in and outside of the classroom. JGESA parents say it best...
Out of the Classroom, Into the World
Learning can not be contained to a classroom. Set on 300+ acres JGESA's campus is a living classroom for environmental education. Being surrounded by nature has amazing effects on the body and mind. When your school is in the woods daily hikes become a part of life. Canoeing on the lake builds teamwork and monitoring nesting bird populations ties learning to living things.
We also encourage students to develop real world skills through experience - Out of the Classroom, Into the World.
JGESA hosts experts in a wide variety of fields to work with students here on campus. Frequent field trips to any number of local locations - most free or low cost- expose students to all sorts of hands-on learning. Older students also have opportunities at more robust trips such as Sea Horse Key Marine Biology Lab in Florida, a Jr/Sr wilderness trip to Lake of the Woods and more.
During twice yearly Experience Days students must complete an off-campus activity such as a job shadow, trip to a museum, or visit to a park, and then share what they have learned. But, this type of learning is not limited to Experience Days. Students are also encouraged to seek outside learning opportunities on their own. Turn a family vacation into a history of your destination, volunteer at an organization that matters to you and create a fundraising campaign for them, interview a family member that has a unique life experience and turn it into a short film.
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Students shared many heartfelt speeches. Here are a few excerpts:
A day at JGESA is never dull, there is always something new to experience everyday... And no matter where you come from or who you are, there is always room for more in our little JGESA family.I think at Jane Goodall everyone has a few lessons to learn about themselves or others. One of the lessons I had to learn was to step out of my shell and to be different.....This is my home, my happiness, and my comfort zone.Here at Jane Goodall they’re teaching us to become leaders, to have an opinion, and that everyone should be treated equally. Here there are no “popular kids” or “outcasts” they’re just people, and everyone has an equal chance to learn and excel in school. It’s up to them to choose what they want and where they want to go with it.I used to think my special needs were a setback, but oh was I so wrong. It may have taken me a little bit longer to grow up and understand, but now I understand things in a way that I never thought I could achieve. I think so outside the box that there is no box.
In keeping with our mission of "Out of the classroom, into the World" students participate twice annually in Experience Day. This is an amazing opportunity for students to experience off-campus learning opportunities. Watch for more details on Winter Experience Day December 12th and Spring on April 12th.
Free Learning Activities
There are countless ways for your student to explore and learn outside of the classroom. Click for a list of free or low cost ideas, any of which could be turned into a fascinating JGESA school project. If you know of other ideas please share so we can expand the list.