"Miracles rest simply upon our perception being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what there is about us always." --Willa Cather
|Snail on stem|
|Brian and Sarah during a performance poem|
"Its legitimate result is education -- the developing of mental power, the opening of the eyes and the mind. the civilizing of the individual. As with all education it's central purpose is to make the individual happy; for happiness is nothing more or less than pleasant and efficient thinking. It is often said that the ignorant man may be as happy as the educated man. Relatively, this is true; absolutely, it is not. A ten-foot well is not so deep as a twenty-foot well; and although the ten-foot well may be filled to the brim, it holds only half as much water as the other." --Liberty Hyde Bailey
Those of us lucky enough to have attended this workshop were reminded that teaching and learning are really about "pleasant and efficient thinking" and ultimately, that brings happiness. Thank you Brain, Cindy and Paul for deepening our wells of knowledge and strengthening our community of nature-study enthusiasts! We are looking forward to a new school year filled with the joy of outdoor learning!
A special thank you to the South Haven Public Schools Foundation for their donation of five scholarships and the Monarch Teacher Network for their donation of two scholarships. Thanks also to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum for providing a lovely space, catered lunch and housing for the presenters. We could not have done this without a great deal of support from many good people. Thank you!