As the fiery leaves of autumn linger, drop, and are replaced with hard frosts and dustings of snow, out in the midwest of our country indigenous peoples of the world and their allies have been peacefully rallying together to defend the environment on which we all depend. As the days grew colder, the tension rose. When such conflicts seem worlds apart geographically, it can be hard to figure out one’s own place in such a struggle. That isn’t so this fall for a handful of youth near the easternmost point of our country, over 2000 miles from Standing Rock.
From late July through August 2016, MOS staff partnered with Mano en Mano of Milbridge to facilitate some staff teambuilding and professional development, a series of four field trips, and daily outdoor programs which served as a curriculum-tied alternative to what had been physical education in past years. We called this new physical education block “Outdoor Explorations.”