"Any time Mr. Neiman is around,
the kids are learning important facts about our environment,
habitat and the outdoors. This is a great way to have
the kids learn about problems facing them tomorrow such
as water shortage, pollution, loss of habitat and wildlife
The education they receive today may help them protect
our environment. I hope these important field trips, the
local Prairie Project, tree planting, etc., which all
help the kids learn about our environment and help protect
it, continue for many, many years into the future."
Father of Elise, Gililland School
The Outdoor Classroom
Bill Neiman discovered how much he liked teaching kids
when he got involved with the Gililland School as part
of a reclamation project for Composite Technologies in
Blue Mound, Texas. That's turned into an ongoing relationship
that has led to many other "outdoor classroom"
projects around the region, working with kids and teachers
and sharing what he's learned over the years. Our "outdoor
classroom" is updated often with pictures and stories
about different activities as they happen.
Here we invite teachers to send us pictures and stories
from your own outdoor classroom adventures, and we'll
put them on line as soon as we can. We'll let you know
when they are ready for viewing, and if you have access
to the Internet in your classroom it's a great way to
show the kids how proud you are of their efforts. In this
section also, we gather a growing set of links that teachers
can use in preparing lessons and activities related to
the outdoors and nature studies.
Although teaching kids tends to be a little bit more fun
than teaching grown-ups (kids aren't yet set in their
ways, for the most part, and they aren't afraid to get
their hands dirty!) we have been known to spend time with
the older generation. Bill Neiman is available to speak
to groups of interested adults from time to time, mostly
in the winter months. Details of how to contact him to
see if he's interested and available, and a list of groups
he's spoken to in the past, can be found here.
Find out what's available to do around our farms in Junction,
and send us some information about your interests and
skills. Every so often we have space and opportunities
for apprentices to come and join us for a few months and
learn skills that can be applied to working in environmental
restoration and/or growing and harvesting native wildflowers
and grasses, virtually anywhere on the planet.