Outdoor School at Texas Tech University at Junction Earns Award from International
August 12, 2008
The Outdoor School received the Human Diversity Award.
The Outdoor School at Texas Tech University at Junction Llano River Field Station
recently received the Human Diversity Award from the Organization of Biological Field
The program is devoted to creating innovative field-based educational experiences
that immerse learners into authentic, real-world, hands-on activities that stimulate
imagination and understanding of difficult abstract concepts. It's an extension of
the classroom and is not to be mistaken for a camp.
The curriculum taught is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
standards, with common focus and goals, and are individualized to each independent
school district and individual classroom teacher to make sure everyone's needs are
acknowledged and met.
"The Outdoor School teachers are humbled in receiving this prestigious award," said
Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station. "It further validates our
continuing trail of successes and that we are making a difference in providing important
positive experiences for our youths in the sciences and outdoors."
The OBFS Human Diversity Committee, which selected Texas Tech to receive the award,
promotes and encourages activities, programs and approaches that increase the involvement
and engagement of underrepresented groups in field science.
The Outdoor School was one of six field stations in the running for this year's award.
Last year's award went to the Organization of Tropical Field Stations in Costa Rica,
Bolivia and Peru.
CONTACT: Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station, Texas Tech University
at Junction, (325) 446-2301, or firstname.lastname@example.org