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ERIC Number: ED421310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
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Place-Based Education: Two Views from the Past.
Streeter, Jenny; Bowdoin, Helen
This paper describes two institutions, in England and Massachusetts, that aim to connect students and adults to the land through the study of particular places. Gilbert White, an 18th-century curate in Selborne, England, was a keen observer and one of the earliest naturalists. His book, "The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne," has been in print continuously since 1789. His observations of birds and bats, his theories on animal migration, and his discovery of the harvest mouse as a new species are his greatest contributions. The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre integrates practical applications of mainstream subjects such as math, science, history, and geography with environmental science and natural history through outdoor field studies. Using ancient records, old observations, and modern techniques to become familiar with the history of a habitat and how it works, students and teachers can see the relevance of larger environmental trends, such as global warming, the falling water table, and human uses of "worthless" land. During his stay at Walden Pond in mid-19th-century Massachusetts, Henry Thoreau recognized the importance of humankind's relationship with the natural world. His book "Walden," and its wilderness message have inspired generations of conservationists. In the mid-1980s, the Walden Woods Project acquired areas surrounding Walden Pond that were threatened by development projects in order to preserve the land in its natural state, and in conjunction with the Thoreau Society, formed the Thoreau Institute. The Thoreau Institute's mission is to bring together the study of literature and the land, reach people with Thoreau's message, and encourage a commitment to responsible land stewardship. To that end it will house a library on Thoreau, offer curricula to public schools, and provide scholars an opportunity to study Thoreau in Walden Woods. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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