Bringing Students Reading Thoreau into the Woods

Larry Abramson, Innovative Trends in High School: High School Teaches Thoreau in Woods, NPR, June 9, 2008.
The Walden Project is an alternative high school program in northern Vermont serving approximately 20 students.  The program is unique in many ways, but in particular because it takes place outdoors all year round.  The curriculum focuses on environmental studies and on the teachings of David Thoreau.  Students explore their relationship to self, to culture, and to the natural world and split their time between learning in the woods and pursuing internships nearby in Burlington, Vermont, or attend writing workshops.  The most notable difference between Walden kids and those in traditional high schools is that those attending Walden are more likely to go to college.

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