Out of the classroom, into the world.


    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.

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  • Openings available for the '17/18 school year. Apply today. 

    Open Enrollment applications accepted for the '18/19 school year beginning Dec. 1st, 2017. Apply before January, 31st, 2018 to be included in the lottery. Applications received after that date will be added to the waiting list in a first-come-first-served basis. 

    Contact us to schedule a tour and to learn more about our school and project based learning. 


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.

    Click here for answers to more Frequently Asked Questions

    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...


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    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.

Experience Day
  • In keeping with our mission of "Out of the classroom, into the World" students participated in Experience Day Dec. 11th. This was an amazing opportunity for students to experience off-campus learning opportunities. Watch for more details on Spring Experience Day coming up April 30th, 2018. 

    Thank you to all the students, families and professionals that made Experience Day possible. 




Free Learning Activities

  • Out of the classroom, into the world

    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.

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  • Seahorse Key Logo

    JGESA students will be traveling to Seahorse Key Biological Station in April 2018. 


    You can make a payment on your student's trip via this link. You will need your student's ID number to log-in. Contact the office or your Advisor if you do not have that number.