When students venture into nature, the value of learning outside the classroom becomes evident. IAH students go beyond field trips, though, and have opportunities to experience and connect with the natural environment every day. The connections they make—with the forest, with each other—are meaningful and lasting. Once a student establishes a meaningful relationship with a place, it becomes part of their world. It becomes part of who they are. Check out Cassie’s story—after all, she’s the one who wrote an essay about this!