WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. -

For the past ten years, Greendale Elementary School in Washington County, Virginia has been finding ways to bring learning to an outdoor classroom.

With the help of the Virginia Tech Forestry Department, four designs have been created to accomplish that goal. The Tennessee Valley Authority has given the school a thousand dollars to help.

Principal Allyson Willis believes that taking classroom learning outdoors helps students retain the information. "[It's] where the kids can truly take the textbook and the classroom instruction and put it to use with hands-on work. We truly feel that those experiences are the learning experiences that stick," Willis said.

The school plans to have a work day on their existing outdoor classroom and garden, and to create a learning walking trail around the school.