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Guest posting by Anne Ohri (above), Lead Advisor and Educator Extraordinaire at New Harmony High

Guest posting by Anne Ohri (above), Lead Advisor and Educator Extraordinaire at New Harmony High

One… Two … Three … Release! Remember to release with my teeth! As the net sailed over the bayou in an almost perfect arch, I turned to congratulate my teenage teacher on her great instructions. Yes, this was part of the amazing interactive experience I enjoyed at Swamp School, part of Barry Guillott’s Wetland Watchers service-learning program.

For several weeks in the summer children ages 9 - 12 have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning: collecting insects and river inhabitants to study, touching and learning about alligators, snakes, turtles, and other indigenous critters, canoeing, and shooting arrows on the archery field, all at the Wetland Watchers Park. They are led and taught by junior and senior counselors, many who are graduates of the program.

It was a treat to spend the day engaged in activities with the students as it reinforced how much fun kids have when they are actively participating in their learning - the model we are creating at New Harmony High. Students at Swamp School are able to direct their learning based on their interests, within the larger framework, and their joy and passion is evident. I can’t wait to see how this looks in an entire year-long school. Thanks, Barry and Campers, for a terrific day of learning!

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