Goodman Center dedicates new outdoor classroom 

Classroom built at opportune time, when Center is hosting full-day care for preschool through middle school.

The Goodman Community Center dedicated its new Founders Outdoor Classroom on Thursday, Nov. 5. The classroom was built with supplies and labor donated by Vogel Bros. Building Co., using designs and building plans donated by Madison-based architecture firm Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), and will be used by students of all ages as a new way to engage in learning.

“We’re so thankful for the support of Vogel Bros. and EUA for this classroom and for all of the other help they’ve provided to the Center,” said GCC Executive Director Becky Steinhoff. “This could not come at a better time, as the classroom will provide kids attending full-day programming the opportunity to be outside as they learn and immerse themselves in the environment.”

The Goodman Center opened to full-day child care and virtual learning assistance with the start of the 2020/2021 school year, providing a safe option for working families who could not be home with their children. The outdoor classroom will be another opportunity to get kids outside throughout the winter. The classroom can be used for just about any activities that might happen in an indoor classroom, but will be used in particular to engage students in STEAM activities — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — that are tied in to outdoor and environmental learning.