The ABCs of Nature

The scene at Keystone Adventure School and Farm is unlike any elementary school you’ve ever seen. It’s a 16-acre working farm in which the learning takes place largely outdoors. Nestled in west Edmond, the site is surrounded by lush landscaping, a spring-fed creek and lots of trees.

Children feeding geese at Keystone“It’s a great balance between wild areas and manicured areas.” said John Duhon, Keystone founder and educator. “The indoor building doesn’t look like a school—it’s designed to flow like their home, so it’s immediately familiar to children.”

“It’s alive with activity, like a bee hive,” agreed Jenny Dunning, co-founder and educator. “You’ll see pockets of children working together in groups. In some ways, it models the adult workplace—where groups work together and seek help from each other.”

Students of all ages, from three-years-old to fifth graders, work with one another to accomplish group projects—from barn repairs to harvesting. In some aspects, it resembles growing up with a large family on a farm. Each day the students of Keystone feed, groom, clean up after and love on the animals. Some children feed and brush horses while others gather egg