Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

– Frank Lloyd Wright


Prairie School offers a place-based curriculum and uses a blend of teaching techniques. The methods of instruction are chosen for effectiveness, depth, and relevance rather than allegiance to a certain orthodoxy and are reviewed yearly by the faculty.






Nature Studies

Outdoor Education

Environmental Education




Visual Arts


Makers Lab


Sustainability Education
Sustainability Education includes the acquisition of particular knowledge and skills, and the values needed to put this knowledge into practice. They include:

• Ecological knowledge
• The ability to think systemically
• The ability the think critically and to solve problems creatively
• The ability to assess the impact of human actions and decisions
• The ability to envision long term consequences
• A deeply felt concern for the well being of the Earth and all living things
• A sense of wonder and a deep appreciation of place
• Empathy and the ability to see and appreciate multiple perspectives
• A commitment to equity, justice, inclusivity, and respect for all people
• Skills in building, governing, and sustaining communities
• The ability to assess and adjust the uses of energy and resources
• The capacity to convert convictions into practical, effective action
(From The Center for Ecoliteracy’s Competencies for Sustainability Education)