LOLA - Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area

It’s more than just a nature area.
It’s an opportunity to explore, grow and feel connected to our world.

The Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area, or LOLA, is an outdoor environmental science classroom and nature area located next to the school’s playground.  It encompasses a small riparian area that runs along McCommas Branch, a tributary leading to White Rock Lake.  

LOLA’s diverse ecosystems, including wetlands, bottomland forest, and prairie area, offer a unique learning environment.


The LOLA Education Program is a first-of-its-kind partnership between Lakewood Elementary and the Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC).  TRAC brings their resources to our LOLA to teach a customized outdoor learning curriculum. The partnership with TRAC will aim to strengthen students’ science skills through hands-on, project-based science investigations and conservation projects.  We hope to introduce our children to the outdoors as a source of lifelong learning and enriched life. Students will learn more about nature and how to act as wise-stewards of the natural resources on which we all depend.


Each grade will participate in the program one day a week over a six week period. Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your child’s session, parents will receive more information about program details.  

There are many opportunities to volunteer with LOLA throughout the school year!  Parents are encouraged to volunteer during their child’s LOLA session, LOLA After School Programs and LOLA Night.


If you are interested joining the LOLA Committee, volunteering or have any questions

please contact us at lola@lakewoodelementary.net






LOLA Night is an annual PTA event that is held  within and around the LOLA. It is a fun, educational family oriented event with exhibitors from the community. The theme this year is “Water Wise.”  The goal is to build awareness of creatures and their habitats underground. Through visual and interactive exhibits, we hope that our students and community will have a greater appreciation for the nature around us and understand the importance of caring for it.  This year, LOLA Night will be on Friday, April 3 in the evening.



LOLA After School is an informal, interactive, hands on nature program presented by the LOLA Committee.  This program typically occurs once a month, weather permitting, after school. We will discuss a topic and then students and their families are able to have fun and explore LOLA.  



Help keep the LOLA functional and ready for student use.  The LOLA Committee periodically surveys the LOLA to determine how  it needs to be improved and maintained. Spruce ups include cutting down overgrown plants, pulling weeds, mulching, etc.   Spruce Ups are typically held in the Fall and Spring.






A nature data collection competition using iNaturalist.   All observations of living organisms or evidence of organisms (tracks/scat/markings/chigger bites) made from April 26 to April 29 within these counties will count!  The “DFW metroplex” includes all of the area in these counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. Last year there were like 68 cities around the world who Participated.  It was incredibly fun, and the public participation was wonderful! 


View City Nature Challenge Data Collected in DFW




Learn more about iNaturalist at LOLA

iNaturalist - A Win-Win for Citizens & Scientists, with Scott Loarie
Sambiology on iNat and Urban Ecology
iNaturalist Mobile Tutorial


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