Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Circle C Stables: Building in Nature        Spring 2024

​All students must complete a project for this class. This class does not include riding lessons. ​
Come and join this exciting class at Circle C stables with Cindy Nimtz!
Students will spend class time in a warm, heated classroom and insulated indoor arena. Certified teacher Cindy Nimtz will provide grade appropriate lessons and homework.  
All students are required to have close toed shoes and to wear pants. Our arena is heated during the winter months, but always bring layers to wear. We will follow any state or federal mandates in regards to masks and COVID 9 restrictions at our facility. We will have hand sanitizer available to use throughout our class time.

Format: In Person
Masks: Optional
*Due to COVID-19, no riding component will be available for purchase.

Once students have taken a full year of one class, they must switch to another.

Circle C Stables  
905 Pine Hills Ln., Benton Harbor
5 miles from I-94 Exit 39 or a beautiful country drive from Pipestone exit
phone: 269-468-3293 

Building in Nature:
This class will be found under the Nature Category in registration.
Wednesdays, 10-12:00
Classes run April 10-May 22    Orientation Date: Jan. 10, 10-12:00
Ages: 6-13

We will explore nature through the building of various projects that can be used in your own backyards and gardens. We will build bird houses, plant stake signs, and bug houses just to name a few. With each project, we will learn the importance use of them in your garden/backyard and some basic wood working skills such as drilling, hammering, sanding and wood gluing!

Building In Nature Syllabus

Additional Registration is not required at the site but we will ask participants and their guardians to fill out a liability release form at the beginning of the first class.


*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst