“Goose Park” is the name affectionately given to the Murie Family Park outside of the Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center by the Journeys School kindergarten and first grade class. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a variety of experiences with schools visiting Teton Science Schools (TSS), and my visit to Murie Family Park further exemplifies the teaching embodied by TSS educators.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the unique opportunity to observe Teton Science School field education programs. I saw many ways in which Teton Science Schools used field education to encourage outdoor and community leadership in all types of students, and in many cases leveraged their students’ unique personal background to increase comprehension.
This fall, 18 teachers from Wyoming and Utah came together at the Kelly Campus for part one of the Place-Based Education (PBE) Workshop series. This enthusiastic group spent time in lively discussion in and out of the classroom exploring the principles of PBE, both in theory and practice.
The New Meadows School and Meadows Valley School District are part of the Place Network this year and are engaged in a multi-year professional development sequence to connect their school more closely to their community.
The importance of place-based education is obvious to me. My years in middle school were spent looking for tracks in the woods of Ripton, Vermont and climbing in the Green Mountains. I had the privilege of having a quintessential place-based-education.