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Field Academy

SUMMER 2011

AWAY BUT HOME
A STUDY OF NEW ENGLAND
SUMMER 2011

This summer, to set our curriculum in motion, we are running a five-week pilot trip for high school students from all over the country. The expedition travels throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  Our mission?  To study what home means to people living in these different places, and, ultimately, what home means to our students.


DatesJune 28 – July 29, 2011
Duration32 days
Age Range: Rising 10th – 12th graders
Tuition$3,200 (scholarships are available)

Week 1: Maine
June 28 – July 2
Our expedition begins in Southern Maine, where we stay and work on a piece of active farmland.  Students spend their days living in a coastal agricultural community, studying the rich histories and ecologies of the area.  They ride along on lobster boats, raft the Penobscot River, and learn about the process of raising a barn.  Students stay with a host family and, after interviewing farmers and lobstermen, create projects comparing and contrasting their home communities with those they visit in Maine.

Weeks 2-3: New Hampshire & Vermont
July 3 – 16
We then move west from the coast into the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.  Over the course of a 5-day backpacking trip, students study the environmental and social histories of these states, learning about the geologic history of the White and Green Mountains, the people who inhabit them, and the industries that have developed within their landscape (including logging, granite mining, farming, and tourism).  While hiking, students also learn and practice outdoor skills, adventure through the backcountry, and get to see New England from the top of some of its most beautiful mountain ranges.

Week 4: Boston, Massachusetts
July 17 – 23
We next spend a week of study in Boston, Massachusetts.  Here, students reflect on what they’ve seen in rural communities across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and they consider how they are similar to and different from a major urban landscape.  Students explore the city while studying its history, meet with urban planners and community organizers to learn about its current neighborhoods, and spend time talking with Boston youth about their experiences growing up in the city.

Week 5: Maine
July 24 – 29
Finally, we return to Southern Maine to reflect on what we have seen across New England and consider the broader national and international implications of our experiences.  Students both present their reflections to each other and their home-stay families and prepare to share and enact what they’ve learned when they return home.

Are you interested in being a part of this pilot expedition or do you know a student who might be?  Please see our Apply page for more information!

If you are interested in supporting this expedition, please visit our Donate page.  If you have have ideas for potential partnerships or other ways to engage with our program, please see our Get Involved page.  We want to hear from you!

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Address

  • Street: 41 Vesper Street, #2
  • City: Portland
  • State: ME
  • Postcode: 04101
  • Country: United States

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