Outdoor Learning

Charlotte Mason wrote “Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.”

Arborbrook is committed to cultivating in students a meaningful, lifelong connection to the natural world. We believe students should be outside as much as possible to play, nurture and learn through God’s creation. Our K-8 students can often be seen outdoors not only in their weekly nature study class, but engaged in cross-curricular lessons with their grade-level or subject area teachers. We love that moment of joy we see when students dig up their first sweet potato, eat a salad that they helped plant or gently hold a butterfly on their fingertip. 

Our school’s landscape contains a variety of fruiting trees and vines, pristine woods and trails, and multiple natural play spaces and outdoor classrooms. Our campus gardens maintain the following designations: 

  • Teaching Gardens Network Member through the American Heart Association
  • Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
  • Pesticide Free by the Pesticide Action Network
  • Monarch Waystation certified and registered by Monarch Watch

Join us on a garden tour here!


Arborbrook Christian Academy is located on the edge of one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Charlotte, North Carolina is exploding in population, housing and business construction. Despite this fast-pace development, Arborbrook supports an ever-growing enclave of families who desire an education committed to slowing down, engaging in hands-on experiences, and celebrating and preserving the natural world.  Arborbrook desires to combat the American “nature-deficit disorder”, especially in the face of Charlotte’s disappearing green communities. Outdoor education is one of our school pillars, and students come to expect formal instruction and informal self-discoveries among the gardens and nature trails around campus. In the spring and fall, student take pride in selling their organic garden harvests to parents and faculty as well as using some of the profits to support agricultural micro-enterprise in developing countries.