Our classroom outdoors
A great space of earth and sky surrounded by acres of natural terrain and diverse habitats.
At CMH, we’re proud to be the only Montessori school in the tristate to employ a full-time naturalist – an experienced, erudite and eco-conscious instructor who divides her time among all three student levels and the abundant nature-scape around us. Our students get the extraordinary opportunity to explore, interact with and learn from this rich and varied environment.
Further, we’re the only Cincinnati Montessori located on seven acres of thick woods and lush meadows, surrounded by hundreds more – land we make great use of.
Why study nature
A foundation for science
By integrating ecology, zoology, botany and more into the everyday curriculum, CMH sets the stage early for comprehending complex scientific concepts. Studying parts of a flower or the function of bees makes more sense if experienced off the page and in real life. Science becomes more interesting – and more understandable.
Increased attention & intellect
Outdoor studies promote better observation skills and, in true Montessori tradition, cultivate a love of investigation. From insect metamorphosis to gardening, students learn patience and results. They learn to look for – and notice – details in the world around them. Moreover, fresh air and exercise boost vitality, energy and intellect.
Sense of stewardship
With this uniquely direct and hands-on interaction, students acquire a greater appreciation of the natural world – better understanding this place in which we live and the power of every connection. Whether classroom pet or favorite field, our students learn the impact of responsibility – and become caretakers for the future.
Where responsibility happens, naturally.
Why choose us
Our school features an orchard, bird blind, pond and nature trails, plus a mobile planetarium and eco-learning lab with organic flower and vegetable gardens. We also use the Grailville’s adjacent 315 acres of hills, fields and woodlands, crossed with creeks and streambeds full of 500-million-year-old fossils.Read More
Within all of Loveland, Sycamore, Kings and Little Miami school districts, only CMH is a WILD School Site – designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for using our grounds to educate students about wildlife and the environment.Read More
Our naturalist, Veronica, knows first-hand how outdoor sciences extend well past biology and botany. Follow her stories, advice and notes from nature within the school blog – and see for yourself how chemistry, archeology and meteorology, plus research, experiments and mapping are natural next steps.Read More
With our extensive grounds and outdoor commitment, CMH always seeks ways to share our nature program with the community at large – from annual participation in the Great Outdoor Weekend to our triennial Maple Sugaring Festival and beyond.Read More