Reading Landscapes: Writing Nature in the 21st Century 2019
Weir Farm National Historic Site (NHS) and Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield are hosting an autumn workshop where local educators can come to Weir Farm NHS to explore a variety of instructional strategies for 21st century, outdoor learning. Teachers will spend time at Weir Farms as both learners and instructors alongside secondary age students, with the option of bringing students from their own classrooms. The workshop facilitators, including the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, and Weir Farm are committed to tailoring this outdoor communal experience to the educational needs and desires of the participants.

Two goals will guide this workshop. Participants will be:

(1) to promote National Parks generally and Weir Farm NHS, specifically and locally, as an interdisciplinary educational resource that offers a complex tapestry to weave together socio-historical context with place-based natural beauty; and

(2) to engage teachers and students together with a literacy workshop that illustrates classroom activities for blending writing instruction, critical pedagogies of place , critical literacy, media, digital literacy, and outdoor education to promote “living well” (Orr, 1992). It is “Environmental English," and a continued marriage of Earth and words (Crandall, 1998).

This workshop will be an opportunity to collaborate with other teachers, experience your local National Park, and learn new techniques for 21st century outdoor learning. Activities will include a ranger-guided tour of Weir Farm NHS, painting en plein air (outdoors), instruction in exciting new technology, and participation in group discussion and sessions on ecocritical theory.

The dates of the workshop are Saturday, October 12 for teachers only. Sunday, October 20 for teachers only. Monday, October 21 for teachers and students.
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