Outdoor Ed Class Description w/ Maggie (limited to 10 – all years)
In this class, students will learn skills to navigate the outdoors, spend time hiking, as well as delve into topics such as foraging, forest ecology, indigenous history, decolonizing and queering nature, and environmental justice. With a focus on experiential education, classes will mostly take place outside, exploring local trails around campus. By the end of the term, students will know how to set up a tent, cook food outside, pack a backpacking pack, build shelters, treat water, identify plants, and more. Each class will go on an overnight camping trip in New England, where they will summit a local mountain. Students in this class should be prepared to be outside in all weather, engage in moderate hiking, read texts by authors such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, and be in community with each other. We expect the class to be a semester course that will run each semester, once in the fall, and once in the spring. It will likely meet one day a week, after the academic day, during the afternoon time between lunch and dinner. It will be capped at 10 people.