Field Environmental Philosophy is an action-based, hands-on investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are “writ large” in the places we study, and students learn how to read them while we hike. Soon enough, they understand that “places are stories we live in”.
In this unforced, spontaneous way, students gain ecological literacy; and this valuable intelligence is emotional, too. We feel what we think (feel-awe-sophy).
In the feel-ed, students raise questions about what they perceive and their questions open philosophical discussions; they share and synthesize ideas together; they get experience thinking critically and creating knowledge socially. As they read and interpret the environment together, they gain confidence, make new friends, and deepen friendships they’ve already made.
WINTERLAND Free Rangers will follow water through snow and ice, through thaw and into the reemergence of life that is Spring. We’ll explore our biome near Northampton, focussing on places we don’t normally have access to.
Our curricula will be classic Off the Screen and into the Green with an emphasis on socialization and recreation.
> 2 classes: age 7-10, and 11-14
> 4 sessions, 4 consecutive weekdays, 1-4 pm
> 4 sessions, age 11-14, 4 consecutive weekend days, 12-4 pm
> drop-off and pickups at trailheads; weather conditions will dictate particular itineraries
>Students will be dressed and packed by parents to suit the conditions, and must therefore have snowshoes and microspikes
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