Author: Claude Stephens
On a clear, cool Saturday in June the first gathering of Teaching Tuned to Nature kicked off a year-long journey to explore how we can approach our work as educators through the lens of nature. If the rest of the year goes as well as day one I think we’ll be in good shape. After framing our work we headed off to visit Harrison Fork and Wilson Creek. In part the field trip focused on stream ecology. But the bigger reason for our visit was to explore two very different streams as metaphor for “health” and for our work as educators.
Harrison Fork runs along one side of a valley. Its original meandering path was channelized and pushed to one side of the valley in order to make farming the valley more efficient. Wilson Creek was also channelized but in recent years, through much effort by Bernheim and others, it has been restored to it’s meandering path. Our observations yielded to lessons and analogies from the two different streams that we might begin using to approach our work in the year ahead of us.
Here are some photographs from the day.