The Whole School students are the lucky particpants in Principal, Anniah Lang’s, Masters in Education from UBC West Kootenay Rural Education Program research project. Anniah is studying student engagement through writing in an outdoor learning environment. The students focus on writing and language arts in the great outdoors one or two days a week. Anniah and her students are investigating the connection between the students’ writing enjoyment and their “classroom” environment. Part of that exploration has included figuring out how to do creative writing while outside: what different tools you need, keeping them dry, adapting to the weather and most of all being a little quieter and noticing what is different.