Biocitizen Free Rangers

FALL Field Environmental Philosophy EXPLORATIONS

Field Environmental Philosophy is an action-based, hands-on, peripatetic 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 comprehended emotionally, too. We feel what we think. Later on this feeling  can become what we call “passion” and it can fuel amazing careers in the emergent green economy.

Field environmental philosophy enhances all other aspects of a child’s education because they apply what they learn in the field to their indoor studies. In the feel-ed, they raise questions about what they perceive. These questions ignite scientific, cultural and philosophical discussions. They freely share and synthesize ideas together. They get social experience thinking critically and creating knowledge. As they read and interpret the environment together, they gain confidence, make new friends, and deepen friendships they’ve already made. They begin to understand how the world works, and how they can make their way through it. They understand that are participants in, not spectators of, a giant shared life—our biome. 


As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations our biome and its creatures undergo. We explore Northampton and its environs, focussing on places we don’t normally have access to, and learn about our “place” in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs and rainforest canyons. 

Free Rangers is perfect for homeschoolers who need expert help with outdoor environmental education. If you have a “pod” (5 student minimum) please contact us and we will design a curricula and a schedule that accommodates your needs. Biocitizen is especially interested in training students to inventory, monitor and steward our living systems in coordination with federal and state level conservation agencies and entities.

Basic info:

> 2 classes: age 6-9, and 10-13
> If COVID protocol permits, Biocitizen will provide van service to and from Sheldon Field, Northampton. If not, drop-off and pickups will be at trailheads located within a 1/2 hour of downtown Northampton.
> weather conditions will dictate particular itineraries
> Students will be dressed and packed by parents to suit the conditions

Click Links to Register:

Age 6-9

Tuesdays 1-5: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays 1-5: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30

Age 10-13

Wednesdays 12-5: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

If you would like to learn more, please call 413.320.0522 and speak with director Kurt Heidinger, or send a note