EarthWalk Vermont

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Mission Statement

EarthWalk's mission is to inspire and empower children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term nature mentoring.

Description

EarthWalk Vermont, founded in 2005 by Angella Gibbons, is a nonprofit nature education organization located in the Winooski River Valley in Plainfield, Vermont. EarthWalk's mission is to inspire and empower children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term nature mentoring. EarthWalk's nature mentoring approach draws from and is inspired by the practices and principles documented in Coyote’s Guide to Connecting to Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGowan.
Today, EarthWalk annually serves more than 300 families through year-round youth and adult programs, including:
  • EarthWalk Village School
  • After School
  • Summer Camps
  • Field Institute courses for educators
  • Adult EarthSkills Workshops
  • Seasonal, multigenerational Community Days

Program Details

At the heart of EarthWalk's mentoring approach are the Core Routines of Nature-Connection, developed by Jon Young and the Wilderness Awareness School and practiced at over 300 programs and schools around the world, including EarthWalk Vermont. These practices and principles of Nature Mentoring are documented in Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature, by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGowan. The Core Routines of Nature-Connection (or habits of learning) at EarthWalk include sensory awareness activities, games, outdoor living skills, giving thanks, making crafts,  practicing the art of questioning, visiting a sit spot, singing and storytelling. This 8-Shields education model, designed around the Core Routines, is based on patterns, cycles and seasons we experience and can observe in the natural world.
Primary Issue
Land
Secondary Issue
Wildlife
Address
EarthWalk Vermont P.O. Box 21
Plainfield, VT 5667
United States
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