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Main & South
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9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m
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Russiaville
Mon/Tue/Thu:
Wed:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:
9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Closed
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Closed

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Welcome to the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom at KHCPL Russiaville!

The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom is exactly what its name suggests: an outdoor place where children of all ages can learn, although it's most appropriate for 2- to 7-year-olds. Outdoor is the key word. Child development research shows that children need and benefit from more time outdoors. “The retention rate for learning by doing is 75 percent compared with just 5 percent for lecture-based learning,” according to a Bethel Learning Institute study. “When students are learning outdoors, they are using all of their senses and their abilities to absorb and take in information. They are also learning an appreciation for nature and developing active stewardship for the natural areas in their communities.” KHCPL regularly hosts storytimes and programs at the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. When we’re open, feel free to come inside and check out sand pails, insect-catchers, and other items to make your experience even more fun. You’re also welcome to check out the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom when we’re closed because it’s open all the time! KHCPL Russiaville has wonderful neighbors, so we ask you do respect them as we do and keep the noise level down if you’re a night owl exploring the facility.

We also LOVE hosting school visits! Tours are FREE! And we’ll prepare special activities to coordinate with your lesson plans on STEAM, the environment, and more. Just call 765.883.5112 to set up a tour or for more information.