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Water, Watersheds, and Weather Coming this Fall
Posted 04/23/2013 09:00AM
a student cools off her feet in the River Thames during the Long Walk in 2012The Naturalist Trimester is back! In the 2013 fall trimester Keith Badger, Long Walker and High Mowing naturalist teacher, and a dozen juniors and seniors will navigate the waterways of New Hampshire and explore the canyons of Arizona. Each day after block class they will immerse themselves in the world of the naturalist, learn wilderness skills, and delve into the history, literature, science and crafts that have arisen from humanity’s relationship with water and the weather.

Students will track a drop of water from the top of Abbot Hill to a waterway, where they will continue to follow it by canoe out to the Merrimack River and down to Plum Island on the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way they will meet Passaconaway, Chief of the Penacook Tribe (of the Abenaki Nation) and hear stories of the indigenous people who populated the shores of these important waterways. Students will find their own paths and their own stories as they travel these historic waterways, and together they will find strengths they did not know they possessed.

student displays antler found on LongWalk along the River Thames in 2012

The trimester culminates with a 70-mile Long Walk along the Tonto Trail — the longest continuous stretch of trail in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. As they walk this beautiful trail through one of the world’s most amazing landscapes, they will follow the footsteps of generations of humankind, all the way back to the indigenous people of the Southwest, who once used the trail as their own “information highway.” It is a place where weather and water have carved their mark on the earth so deeply that human history seems to stand still.

“This is a transformative experience for students,” says Keith, “They have a chance to directly encounter the human relationship with the natural world and to explore the way they meet the world—with their perceptions, affections, and actions.”

For more information on the Fall 2013 Naturalist Trimester program, contact Keith at

the Grand Canyon


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