Where you are is who you are

Oct 8 2013
The physiocrats had it right when they said that the earth is the sole source of all riches ,” for from our ecology comes our economy.

I”ve been thinking—as you have been, too, I”m sure—about the increasing political and natural chaos caused by our economy, which decimates the [continue reading]

wilderness is a feeling—that is a place

Jul 25 2013
guest post by Our Place ass’t teacher, Maegan Puzas!
A Fear of Hope or a Hope of Fear?
Have you ever taken a moment to think about the kinds of things that go through your mind before you set out on a hike? Have you ever paused and recollected on what the adventure [continue reading]

The Ripple: River Walking

Jul 22 2013
This month in “The Ripple: Stories About Western MA Rivers,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Kurt Heidinger, writes about river access .Check out his 5 pointers on how to river walk, preventing a wipe out due to slippery rocks and strong currents… [continue reading]

Crash Course: 100+ Episodes in 6 Online Courses

Jul 2 2013
Crash Course: 6 Courses. 112 Episodes. Research has shown that students can lose two months (or more!) worth of their learning in mathematics and language arts during the summer if they aren’t exposed to meaningful and enriching learning activities while they’re out of school. Of course, informal learning can take place for students in almost [continue reading]

A Beautiful Immersion

Jun 23 2013
Wonderful guest post by Maegan Puzas, Our Place teaching assistant!
A Beautiful Immersion
If you take a moment to look around at your surroundings, what do you see? You may be sitting inside, staring at an electronic screen for hours or even sitting inside listening to your family argue over what [continue reading]

The Ripple: Insects of Spring

May 27 2013
Published by under Flora and Fauna
Before May Flies, Meet the Mayfly Imagine never getting swarmed and bit by mayflies as you revel in the vivacities unleashed by the ubiquitous green fountain of spring. Imagine gardening, or hiking, or simply sitting on a park bench without having to constantly swat and flinch and keep from going mad as the mayflies crawl [continue reading]

The Ripple: The Magic of Spring Peepers. The Science of Vernal Pools

Apr 22 2013
How do spring peepers know when to start singing? How do spring peepers know when to start singing? They don’t have weather reports, or the ability to see the buds forming on trees, the snow melting, or teens walking around in shorts and T’s when it’s 40 degrees and climbing. Certainly, there are scientific reasons [continue reading]

Spring Hunting

Mar 26 2013
Published by under Flora and Fauna
Cross-post from Hilltown Families:
The Ripple: Hunting for Springs in Western MA Spring Hunting Spring has a leap of the leprechaun in it; who can deny that?—but spring’s called spring not because of its leapiness.  Spring’s called spring because of the upwelling waters that appear as the frozen earth thaws.
Right now [continue reading]

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