A typical day at Our Place camp includes:
—meeting at 9am at the Forbes Library, then driving away in the van for our day’s explorations
—arrival a few minutes later @ our field study site in one of the 5 ecoregions of the Nonotuck biome, which has been chosen because it is a fountain of biotic & cultural intensities
—a short talk about the place: just enough to provide contexts, and to cue the campers to the creatures and ecologic systems we are investigating
—”walking”: a) opening 5-senses—seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting; absorbtion, immersion, cognition—FUN!
b) identification—learning the names, behaviors and relationships of the creatures and ecologic systems—EDUCATION!
c) reflection—campers read a little poetry, science and/or philosophy & are prompted to engage critically, aesthetically & imaginatively w/their perceptions via discussion, photography & journal writing—PERSONAL GROWTH!
—a mid-day picnic, chill out & recharge
—”walking” again in a different but allied place
—return to Forbes Library @ 3 pm for pick-up
At the end of 5 days, campers have
—applied the lessons they learned in indoor school to their experiences, gaining a much deeper understanding of abstract concepts
—had the opportunity to see how their own curiosity, enthusiasm and imagination can lead them to profound & enjoyable insights and discoveries, which increases the odds that they will return to indoor school with a hunger for more
—met other campers and, as a consequence of our “walking” together, befriended them on substantive and not shallow level
—learned how the land (soils, waters, creatures & climes) has produced the uniquely vivacious and intelligent culture of the “Happy Valley” & “Paradise City”
—visited a variety of beautiful sites (some well known, some secret) in “our place” that they will want to return to with you