Experiential Learning

Outward Bound and Outdoor Education

A part of the RE curriculum for more than 35 years, the Outward Bound program for ninth-grade students provides a five-day “wilderness” experience in the Everglades under the leadership of the North Carolina Outward Bound School. The program’s aims are to encourage and increase the students’ decision-making, problem solving and leadership processes; further students’ willingness and ability to cooperatively solve group problems; and increase students’ respect and sensitivity for differences that exist within their groups. As an important catalyst for self-discovery, personal growth and sensitivity, Outward Bound is rooted in the experiential pedagogy of Paul C. Ransom and reminds of our historic relationship with the geography of South Florida.

Preparation for the Outward Bound program is part of the physical education Bay Studies curriculum that includes canoeing instruction, initiation and training days, as well as hands-on map and compass training. All freshmen receive a compass symbolizing the exploratory elements of the RE experience and representing curriculum and pedagogy that seeks to teach students to navigate their way through unfamiliar environments, taking on encounter intellectual, emotional and physical challenges.
After the ninth-grade year, students continue outdoor and cooperative-learning experiences. Whether in science classes that collect data on Biscayne Bay, on trips to remove exotic plant species from the Everglades, or through art projects based on organic materials, students understand the natural world and environment are essential aspects of the Ransom Everglades' experience. Since 2013, the 12th-grade class has attended a three-day retreat at the Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, Fla., prior to the start of the academic year. There, seniors pursue leadership workshops, team-building activities, and other events emphasizing the opportunities of an outdoor educational environment.


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  • Alexa Hommen '22

    Marine Field Research students go shark tagging

    Ransom Everglades’ Marine Field Research students participated in one of the course's signature field trips: a shark-tagging excursion. Two classes of juniors and seniors each spent a day aboard a 55-foot research vessel in mid-February, looking for sharks on Biscayne Bay near Stiltsville and then, when a catch was made, stabilizing the shark and executing a number of research tasks.
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  • Class of 2023 completes trip to Everglades

    The Class of 2023 traveled to the Everglades in two waves in January, keeping alive a 30-plus-year-old tradition and surviving what is an annual rite of passage for freshmen at Ransom Everglades. The first group of freshmen traveled through the Ten Thousand Islands on Jan. 13-17 and enjoyed balmy, sunny South Florida weather. The second wave (Jan. 21-25) was met with unseasonably cold weather and high winds upon arrival, but pleasant conditions thereafter.

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.