Knox County students now have a new way to enjoy the great outdoors and learn at the same time.
Local leaders and some special helpers cut the ribbon on the new outdoor classroom at the Knoxville Botanical Garden Thursday.
The project has been about two years in the making. It includes a vegetable garden, outdoor stage, and plenty of places to see and enjoy nature.
More than 100 Knox County schoolchildren were on hand for their first field trip to the garden.
"A lot of kids are used to begin indoors, and this provides a different kind of atmosphere, and it tailors to different learning styles as well. Some kids are better at hand-on rather than textbook learning, so it provides just a different way to learn the same thing," said Allison Teeter, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful.
The kids were also treated to a magic show in the outdoor theater. The them was reduce, reuse and recycle.
The outdoor classroom is a collaboration between the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Keep Knoxville Beautiful, among others.