Bringing our attentiveness to place and cultivating our own sense of and relationship to that place lies at the heart of stewardship. For the past few months, I've again had the pleasure of working with Rivers & Revolutions students from CCHS, our local high school, as a mentor in their community stewardship program. This semester, we collaborated on an exhibition for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, conveying the experience of Sense of Place from various vantage points.
My students (Charlotte Copp, Rosie Alston-Follansbee, James Henderson, Haley Proctor, and Will Royal) and I began by visiting three historic and distinctly different wetland areas that thrive on or near the Concord River floodplain -- Great Meadows, Gowing's Swamp/Thoreau's Bog, and Moore's Swamp. While memorable moments marked each engaged exploration -- discovering the red-headed bush crickets behind the chorus of song at Great Meadows...
or harvesting autumn olives near Gowing's Swamp...
|Haley picking autumn olives aided by James' shoulders below|
|Our day exploring Moore's Swamp|
|James ventures out one of many red maple 'tip-ups' in the swamp, which was his "backyard" when growing up|
|Rosie experiments making inks from various wild berries|
|Charlotte rubs off jewelweed seed husks to reveal the beautiful blue kernals inside|
|Rosie finds a baby northern black water snake on the path|