Why should learning be confined to within four walls?

We believe deep learning only happens when the subject matter is made relevant through experiences and place-based learning. Topics presented in this manner excite and inspire heroes to pursue a life-long love of learning.

At school, is your child experiencing all that the

world offers?

Since Fall 2017, our heroes have experienced so much!

Partnership with the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, made possible by a grant funded by the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition of which we are a member

Hatcher Graduate Library

Many UMS performances

Museum of Art

Institute for the Humanities

Regular visits to multiple AA public libraries

Saginaw Forest

Fox Science Preserve

UofM Earth and Environmental Sciences

SE MI Stewardship Coalition Community Forum presenters

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

MLK, Jr. symposium

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

UM Credit Union

CMYK Imperial Printing

Humane Society HV Cat Cafe

EMU Theater performances

Quinn Evans Architects

many more...

Guest mentors of every background have visited since Fall 2017!

Naturalists

Musicians

Dancers

Authors

Permaculture educator

Movement specialist

Farmers

Filmmaker

Entrepreneurs

Artists

Reflection is part of the journey

Reflection is part of the journey

No matter where they may roam, heroes take time to reflect on their journey.

Exploring a wetland habitat

Exploring a wetland habitat

Heroes got their feet muddy and hands dirty while studying a wetland habitat with local naturalist Shawn Severance of Washtenaw County Parks.

Community Farm of AA partnership

Community Farm of AA partnership

Our partnership with Community Farm of Ann Arbor gives heroes the yearlong hands-on opportunity to work and study sustainable farming. This opportunity is made possible through a grant funded by the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition of which we are a member.

Regular field trips

Regular field trips

Acton heroes take regular field trips out of the studio via public bus transportation to experience the local community offerings.

Studying maps on U of M campus

Studying maps on U of M campus

We took map studies out of the textbook and into the Hatcher Graduate Library to visit the extensive map collection from all over the world.

Third Sister Lake of Saginaw Forest

Third Sister Lake of Saginaw Forest

Explorers trek through Saginaw Forest to learn the effects of PFAS on Third Sister Lake.

Exploring Downtown Ann Arbor

Exploring Downtown Ann Arbor

Walking the streets of Downtown Ann Arbor regularly awards our heroes infinite place-based learning opportunities.

Working farmers

Working farmers

What can be learned by farming? Problem solving, endurance, work ethic, sustainability, mindfulness, responsibility, reward not to mention SCIENCE!

Delving into the Heroes of Art

Delving into the Heroes of Art

We take every opportunity to visit the offerings of local university campuses. The kind docents at The Museum of Art took our learners on a journey through "Heroes of Art."

Forest exploration

Forest exploration

Exploring the world around them gives our heroes a better sense of the world, sparking curiosity and developing tomorrow's innovators.

Long trek

Long trek

Gearing up for an outdoor adventure allows our learners to stretch their endurance, courage and imagination.

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