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Learning with the Land.  Photo by Bridgette Bartlett

Learning with the Land

Vermont Folklife Center
Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
January 5, 2012 – January 28, 2012

In partnership with the Willowell Foundation the Vermont Folklife Center willl host the exhibit Learning with the Land from January 5 - January 27, 2012 at our headquarters in Middlebury.

A growing number of Vermont public school students and teachers are redefining the classroom, replacing the traditional blackboard, desks, and four walls with hills, lakeshores, and forests. “Place-based” education aims to connect students with their communities, the environment, and themselves through study of their natural surroundings.

The exhibit features four innovative place-based educational models: the Walden Project, an alternative outdoor public high school program based in Vergennes and Monkton; EarthWalk Vermont, a nature-based youth mentoring program in Plainfield; the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, a leadership and conservation program; and Salad Days, the farm to school program at Monkton Central School.

Student artwork and writing will tell the story of how these Vermont educational programs are working to build youth self-confidence, community engagement, and environmental stewardship, and changing our mental image of the classroom space.

The goal of Learning with the Land is to showcase how localized and intimate progressive education grounded in nature can inform, catalyze, and improve the efficacy of a student’s education, their relationship and integrative capacity with learning, and the sustainability of innovative educational practices. This project is made possible through generous support from the Bay and Paul Foundation, in-kind supervision and support from the staff of the Vermont Folklife Center, and the staffs of EarthWalk Vermont and the Willowell Foundation, with additional support from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Monkton Central School.

The Vermont Folklife Center is located at 88 Main Street, Middlebury. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and by appointment. A suggested donation of $5.00 supports this and future Vermont Folklife Center exhibits.


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