Category Archives: Education

42nd Featured Thinker: Todd Wynward

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Seventh Graders Trekking in the Pecos Wilderness, Roots & Wings Community School, Image: Todd Wynward

This week our featured Wilderness Thinker is Todd Wynward an author, public school founder, small-scale farmer, and wilderness educator who has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. Todd’s insightful essay offers an introduction to ‘rewilding’ Christianity, drawing religious teachings back to the earth through a spiritual, passionate, at times challenging yet  intimate relationship with wilderness.  Todd’s writing is within the wilderness tradition of those such as John the Baptist or Celtic Christianity, where the presence of God was intimately felt in the natural world. Wilderness features in the bible both as a metaphor and a physical environment of transformation and drawing on the philosophy of  Kurt Hahn, Todd offers an opportunity to discover the potential of who we can become.   Read more…

41st Featured Thinkers: Rewilding Britain

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This week our featured Wilderness Thinkers is a signpost to a collaborative encouragement to Think Wilderness and consolidate action. Throughout the year, we have taken the opportunity to signpost work and people that are engaged in Thinking Wilderness. This week to coincide with the launch of a new charity we are featuring Rewilding Britain. Born out of two years consultation Rewilding Britain seeks to consolidate the ongoing work of individuals and organisations that are rewilding Britain, encourage discussion and debate and to re-position us within healthy ecosystems. Read more…

40th Featured Thinkers: Siena Sanderson and Annette Lisa

SienaAnnettefeatureThis week our featured Wilderness Thinkers are Siena Sanderson and Annette Lisa,  artists and art educators who passionately advocate for art and its potential to inspire hope through their work with the Neighbourhood Arts Project, Taos, New Mexico.

Where do you  go to connect with nature and the outdoors, where is your wilderness?

Siena and Annette present a wilderness ‘getaway’  and invite you to do the same,  sharing your personal wilderness ‘getaways’;  where’ and ‘why ‘ , here in the comments section and on the Thinking Wilderness Facebook page.

Gently guided by R.W. Service’s poem, The Call of the Wild a route-map is offered, provoking us to step away from our busy 21st Century lives for a moment and think wilderness. We hope you join them in building a digital wilderness tour. Read More…

35th Featured Thinker: Ian Sanderson

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Wilderness Research, Ian Sanderson and Nathan Wooldridge, 2015

This week’s featured thinker is Ian Sanderson, a recent high school graduate, living in Taos, New Mexico. Ian’s recent research for a high  school environmental science class took him winter camping with Nathan Wooldridge to William’s Lake to study the relationship between snow pack and its importance in the planning and safety of snow sports. William’s Lake is an alpine lake in Taos, New Mexico located high in the Sangre de Christo mountains below Wheeler Peak in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness of Carson National Forest. Read more….

20th Featured Thinkers: Third Graders, Arroyos del Norte

ArroyosFeatureKids and Wilderness go together in so many ways, which is why I’m so excited to present our Featured Thinkers this week: Gess Healey’s Third Grade Class from Arroyos del Norte Elementary School. We covered a lot of “ground” in our short time together….Read More.

13th Featured Thinkers: “Seeds: Tim Capsules of Wilderness” – part 3

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once [we] grow up.”
― Pablo Picasso

“Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” featured works by over 270 students, preschool through sixth grade, from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools (see details below). Each student’s work represents a unique expression of the “wild world” of seeds. Check out some of their works here.
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12th Featured Thinkers: “Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” – Part 2

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“Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” explores the wild world of seeds as seen through the young eyes of students from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools. Before beginning their artworks, students discussed fundamental concepts about seeds and their pivotal role in global ecosystems, and explored seeds with multi-sensory methods and then brought this experience into their artworks about seeds. Read more….