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Kurt Heidinger
Walking and reading the land in Sub-Antarctic Chile is at once familiar and completely new for me. Growing up on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains I have walked above tree line, backpacked in relatively untouched places, and learned to read the rocks and rivers to find my way home. I am at home...
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Walking and reading the land in Sub-Antarctic Chile is at once familiar and completely new for me. Growing up on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains I have walked above tree line, backpacked in relatively untouched places, and learned to read the rocks and rivers to find my way home. I am at home...
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There are times —esp. around national elections when we”re surfeited by political mythologies (many of them pathological)— I want to write about the giant subject of what our national creed is, and how our rights derive from nature. SO……. I stand w/Jefferson, who claimed that “freedom is the gift of nature.” Allow me to explain; but...
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I haven’t blogged in quite a while, largely because I have been mulling over an experience I had in the field at the beginning of the summer with a group of high schoolers. Now it’s Fall, and I have a lot to write about; but I can’t post anything until I tell you this story,...
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Harvested arugula today: December 21, 2011. Is it global warming, or is it possible I’m becoming a decent gardener? Or is it the seeds—these plants like growing in winter? Maybe 3 “yeses” have allowed this vivacious pile to grace my cutting board, + one other thing: I love sharing the freedom of free food, &...
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Time to get into the rivers and collect the bugs that live under rocks. They tell us—by their variety and size—how oxygenated (& healthy) our rivers are: an annual “physical,” just like at the doctors’. Here’s a map of our sampling sites: [wpsc_products product_id=’4980′]
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One of the most effective ways we can act to improve our lives is to reduce our dependence on nuclear and fossil fuel energies. The ultimate in reducing dependence is getting off the grid (creating one’s own energy @ home & work), but any step towards self-reliance is going to save you $$ and increase...
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We”re in full nectar flow here in the Nonotuck biome—& even a zombie can feel the anima: the “soul, spirit, life, air, breeze, breath.” If you can, stand beneath an apple tree at sunset tonight, down wind. You”ll be enveloped in the sweetness of anima, promise. Close your eyes and breathe. Not only will you...
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Warm Colors Apiary in So. Deerfield with the lively & smart 7th graders who attend Jane Lucia’s science classes at the Williston Northampton School. I jumped at the invite not only b/c Jane is a talented educator who likes to get her kids out into the field; but...
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Do you perceive then, that errors in acting arise through this very ignorance, namely, in a person thinking he knows, when he does not know? Socrates To conceal ignorance is to increase it. Mahatma Gandhi Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr. _________________________________ Ever...
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  • The River and the Machine: A Biocultural History of Holyoke Dam February 11, 2021
    WHAT IS BIOCITIZEN? The word “biocitizen” is a contraction of “biotic citizen,” a term and idea conceived by Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) who is widely celebrated for conceiving the “land ethic.” A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. A […]
  • Biocitizen MA Welcomes Charlie Schine, FEP teacher! December 31, 2020
    Charlie is a recent graduate from Wesleyan University who is just beginning to get his footing in the big wide world and figure out where he’s going. Although he majored in music, his studies always seemed to circle around environmentalism and the more-than-human world, a cross pollination which began the summer after his freshman year […]

RSS Los Angeles, CA

  • Adia’s Perspective 2019 – What it means to be a Biocitizen in LA July 22, 2019
    Day 1 – CITs in MA vs LA This is the first summer of Biocitizen LA’s CIT program and I am so excited to have the opportunity to take the lead in their training.  Today I met the two girls who are there this week and I am very impressed by their maturity and initiative […]
  • Adia’s Perspective 2019 – What is a CIT? Adia Bennett July 9, 2019
    Adia’s Perspective 2019 – MA to LA! Adia Bennett is joining us in Los Angeles again this summer for Our Place Summer School – and we are so grateful to have her strong, sweet, graceful guidance in the field, as our first Counselor in Training program launches this week, July 8th-12th. Adia has walked as a […]

RSS New York, NY

  • Biocitizen welcomes Charlie Schine, Field Environmental Philosophy Teacher February 1, 2021
    Biocitizen is so pleased to welcome Charlie Schine as a lead teacher! Charlie is a Brooklyn native and presently teaches Field Environmental Philosophy at our Western Massachusetts school. He can’t wait to walk with students through the places loves the most. Personal Statement Hi! I’m a recent graduate from Wesleyan University and although I majored […]
  • Job Opening:  Our Place Summer School Director, New York City December 18, 2019
    Job Opening:  Our Place Summer School Director, New York City Status:  40 (full-time) hours a week (June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 24-28, 2020); training begins January 2020 Time Frame:  Review begins now, position open until filled.  Biocitizen Inc. is a nonprofit educational institution that specializes in Field Environmental […]

RSS Concon, Chile

  • Ciudadanos bióticos, coronavirus, Gaia March 30, 2020
    En la sabiduría antigua, tanto en sociedades orientales, occidentales e indígenas, existe como concepción compartida la importancia del vivir el día a día, y de como esta práctica da forma […]