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Bear Pool is a place beloved. It is not only beautiful but is home to a variety of endangered and threatened species. It is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is to say by you. What do you think about this? For many years, Biocitizen students have learned about its incredible vitality, and studied...
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Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. —Salmon Rushdie Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff, Friends—Community, All of us here at Biocitizen hope you...
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COVID-19 presents us with a quite a challenge. May we and those we love make it through safely. And those we don’t love, may they make it through safely, too. They are us. We are them. This is a species event. Biology is founded on the principle that we share the same body with creation...
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Biocitizen is pleased to welcome Jes Heil as our Maine Sea Kayaking Guide and Teacher!! She’ll be co-leading Claws: Casco Bay from Saturday July 11 to Thursday July 16! Biocitizen is privileged to have Jes leading us through Casco Bay because she’s a Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide. We’ll paddle safely. Specialized Sea-Kayaking classification means that...
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Bio Over the past few weeks, Ryan has joined the Biocitizen NY team as a volunteer for the Our Place Summerschool. He is currently entering his senior year of high school at the University School in Cleveland, Ohio and, this summer, he took it upon himself to travel across the country, rent an apartment, and...
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Biocitizen NY is so excited to introduce our very first intern, Stuart Robbins, who will be assisting with the Brooklyn-based Our Place Summer School by teaching, writing, and researching this summer! Stuart is currently in his last year pursuing a B.A. at Amherst College in American Studies. Focusing on the roles played by public spaces, Stuart...
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This post is written by Sabrina Moore, who will assist Dr. Boyd Kynard in our innovative Living Rivers School, that lets middle and high school -aged students participate in conservation biology research that, when published and shared, increases public knowledge of the living systems that sustain us. When we know what sustains us, we take...
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This post is written by Marysia Borucinska-Begg, an amazing addition to our Field Environmental Philosophy teaching staff, who brings with her a background that includes being a recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship. This fellowship took her to Cape Horn, where she studied and worked with our Omora Park and University of North...
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Biocitizen began in the forests of Cape Horn, when Kurt Heidinger, Francisca Massardo and Ricardo Rozzi developed Tracing Darwin’s Path, an interdisciplinary learning-adventure that immerses students in the biocultural history of that sublime portion of the earth. With others, they established the Omora Ethnobotanical Park as a Field Environmental Philosophy research and development “laboratory”. Their...
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Blaze is an 11-year-old from Gowanus, Brooklyn and will be a counselor in training with Biocitizen NY this summer! She started as a Sharpshin with Biocitizen MA and has grown into a leader. Read her personal statement here and check out Our Place Summer School > Brooklyn < for more on our NY summer program!...
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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 […]