Living Lab Outdoor School

Living Lab Program partners with your classroom in a single day trip or a 3-5 day residential environmental education experience. Build community together in a discovery based program exploring God’s creation. Our interdisciplinary approach applies classroom learning with hands-on experiences… and FUN!

Have questions or interested in booking your field trip today? Contact Sue Mendenhall, Luther Springs Program Director at (727) 415-9887.

Environmental Offerings

Quadrant Study

An ecosystem is selected such as wooded, field, bog (but not water). Students mark off a designated area. An organized study is done of this natural area to learn what plants and animals can live together. A plant and soil profile is completed. Plant identification is made. Weather study of the area taken each day of stay. Students working in groups allow for the development of team work and the distribution of work.

Lake Zonation

A study of aquatic life and how it fits into the web. Introduces students to the life of a lake, life in and surrounding the lake and the needs and uses of a lake. Physical factors-water temperature, turbidity, pH, and test for other substances present. Collect and identify plants and animal life in the lake and along the shore.


Learn the skill of finding your way in the out-of-doors with a compass (pace and taking bearings). Utilizing several courses, students will put this knowledge to use in the fields/forests of Luther Springs.

Cinquain Poetry

Write poetry using nature as the subject.

Leaf I.D.

Recognize likenesses and differences of leaf structure (shape, margins, tips) necessary for identification.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Trek through nature on a hunt for different plants, animals and more. See how many you can find!


Invent an animal that is camouflaged from its environment. Using materials given, the animals are placed in the environment and teams switch and search for the hidden animal.

ASE (Action Socialization Experiences)

This challenge course consists of a number of situations which require students to work as a group. Some of the situations (elements) are Spider Web, Climbing Wall, Island and Whale Watch.

Nature’s Camouflage

To show how color helps a plant or an animal adapt to its environment.

Stump Scouting/Study of a Rotten Log

Gopher Tortoise

A study of actual tortoise burrows

Luther Springs is part of a family of locations for Camps, Conferences and Retreat Rentals managed by NovusWay Ministries and supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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