I for one believe a tremendous amount can be learned while adventuring through the outdoors. You learn obvious things like what plants are growing where, but also more implicit things like what columbines smells like in full bloom to what 28 degrees Fahrenheit actually feels like. And of course you learn the most about yourself, you really become more in tune to every muscle and every thought with each step.
Thats all fine and dandy but today I went trekking through the hills to do some straight book learning. I have a lot on my plate these days and I wanted to get out on a warm spring day, but was bogged down by school work. My solution was to drive a short ways out of town, hike a short distance and turn a picnic bench near the top of Horsetooth Mountain Park into a temporary desk and in doing so all the world became my office. Instead of bulletin boards of random notes and to-do lists, I had the snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Instead of the traffic noise outside my window I had the gentle sound of the wind rustling the leaves... Instead of industrial white florescent light I had the afternoon sun. It was in all ways better and left me wondering; why haven't I been doing this for the past four years?!