In 1869, Wyoming was a sparsely populated new territory. The Hayden Expedition had yet to explore what was to become Yellowstone National Park, and Jackson, while frequented by several Native American tribes, was void of any permanent settlers. This rough and tumble, largely unexplored landscape became an unlikely leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
Knowledge of place is inextricably linked to an awareness of the passing seasons and all the ecological and cultural events that mark the rhythm of a life connected to the world. Each winter in Jackson plods along with protracted steps.
Like a real-world version of Twitter, the Pecha Kucha presentations at the annual Place-Based Symposium on April 28th at Teton Science Schools were a rapid fire immersion in how learning can be deeply embedded in communities.
Hands-to-work is yet another way we plant the seeds of social responsibility in our students, an ethic that they can take with them wherever they go once they leave Teton Science Schools. From Field Education participants who may have only been on campus for a few days, to directors who have been with TSS for over a decade, we all form part of one unified community bound by a thread of stewardship.