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On December 29 and 30th Now Voyagers will team with the Fundacion Punta de Lobos and the Municipalidid Pichilemu for a day of public field environmental philosophy education and fundraising—out on the Punta! Punta de Lobos means “Sea Lion Point,” and it’s really beautiful. Click on the pic for more images— Punta de Lobos is also one of...
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Our Place Summer School is designed to “unplug” your child by bringing them into direct contact with the creatures, geologies, hydrologies and infrastructures of the Nonotuck biome and the Westfield River watershed. For five six-hour days, we roam our place—the valley and the hilltowns—investigating our natural and cultural history with all of our senses, and...
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Happy! Biocitizen School is teaming with Superfun Chile to run Now Voyager, an 11-day field environmental philosophy (FEP) expedición for college students who want to learn to teach FEP. Departing from and returning to Santiago, Chile, we’ll journey from surf-paradise Pichilemu to the Andean peaks of the Tinguiririca range— While I was in Pichilemu developing Now Voyager curricula,...
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The Life Riparian (Cross-posted from Hilltown Families) Riparian is a strange sounding word that denotes “river bank”: the meeting point of river and land. We enter the “riparian zone” when we get close to a river. It is a place we want to be, because it brims with exuberant sounds and smells, and because it...
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Every year, Biocitizen & the Lone Wolf Cafe hold a fun-raising dinner to provide Our Place Summercamp scholarships so kids, who might not otherwise be able to, can spend a week off-the-screen-deep-in-the-green exploring our place, the Nonotuck biome. The value of these scholarships cannot be underestimated, because amazing things happen during the 5 days we spend in...
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We’ll walk from the lower right to the upper left; click pic for googlemap (use Norwich Pond as an orientation point) Cross country walking—exploring terrain without worry of trail—is something we don’t get to do enough. It’s hard to get a sense of the “body” & vitalities of a biome, and of the microbiomes nested...
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For many of us, our first attraction to nature arose from a good feeling of perceiving beauty in flowers, waves, the sky. Bird song. This good feeling—of biophilia—is key to environmental philosophy because it inspires a yearning to perceive, and understand, nature more deeply. Biophilia is also a key element of environmental conservation, because it inspires...
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Wilderness is one of the fundamental concepts of environmental philosophy. It is commonly recognized as being a place without human presence; yet is also a feeling of fear and awe, and a particular state of heightened consciousness, as the “–ness” (re: happiness & sadness) implies. Wilderness: Theory and Practice is designed to help you understand...
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Sent this to folks who are helping kids who need assistance this summer— Hi everybody, Thank you so much for participating in the Our Place scholarship fundraiser! Most of us are sick of ice and snow, and that’s why we’ll have 2 fires going outside, and the Glow Room will be 80 degrees—Chilean style! I...
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Director’s note: A recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which contains work thousands of years old from myriad cultures) confirms the idea that our perception of beauty in nature is innate and universally shared. For many of us, our first attraction to nature arose from a good feeling of perceiving beauty in flowers,...
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