Outdoor School at Texas Tech University at Junction Earns Award from International Organization

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 Stations. 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 tom.arsuffi@ttu.edu