This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.
Posted on behalf of Lori De La Cruz.
What teaching and learning opportunity recently occurred at Mountain View College (MVC)?
For the second year, MVC is participating in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, where the goal is to get people doing outdoor activities in a four-week competition. Participants in last year’s competition were asking about it as soon as the fall semester started. After just two weeks, we have more people participating that last year’s total, so it’s catching on!
What about this topic are you most excited about?
I’m enjoying seeing photos of MVC folks enjoying time outdoors! There are so many photos of families and groups of friends hiking, biking, enjoying the State Fair – the Campus Challenge is not only getting people outside, it’s bringing them together!
Why is this topic so important to everyone at MVC?
I believe that the more time we spend outdoors, the more appreciation we have for our environment. If you abstain from putting in your earbuds, you’ll hear nature all around you – birds singing, the wind rustling leaves, small animals scurrying for cover when you’re hiking by. Now you’re more apt to notice and care about the litter that is everywhere; plastic bottles, fast food wrappers, snack bags, plastic shopping bags are abundant on our roadways, fields and stream. Hopefully this will affect your behavior in the future and motivate you to organize or participate in a litter cleanup!
What did participants learn or take away from this experience?
Hopefully, participants will enjoy their time outdoors and will continue to explore and enjoy each other’s company throughout the year.
What is some of the feedback you received regarding this event?
Most of the comments at the Campus Cookout event were amazed at how the solar ovens and solar grill worked. Cooking solar cake and grilling mini pigs-in-a-blanket were great tools to illustrate the benefits of being outdoors.
If people would like to learn more about this topic, where would you point them towards?
The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is officially over (for this year), but there are still plenty of reasons to continue enjoying the great outdoors. Winners are being announced now and full details are available at www.OnCampusChallenge.org.