Woolman Blog

To Dam or Not to Dam?

Jasmine Smith, Environmental Science Teacher
Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Water is one of the defining crises of the 21st century. In Environmental Science class we have looked at water issues through political, social, economic and ecological lenses, all shedding light on how we are dependent and connected to water locally and globally.

Feeding Community

Katherine Stone, student
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I am standing out in the bitter cold, chilling wind, and pounding rain. My nose is constantly running, my feet are numb, and my gloves are soaked all the way through. I have never before been surrounded by boxes of food and felt so incredibly miserable.  Standing at my assigned fruit and vegetable station, I let out a sigh.

The Power of Place

Rachel Bond, Student
Friday, February 19, 2010

When we say we are aware of our surroundings, why is it only in the context of others? After all, it is our surroundings, doesn’t that give us some rights to it?  I’ve started to realize a strange occurrence in my life: a craving, almost an addiction to the natural world. When I was little, there was no line separating the outside from the indoors.

Combating Spectatoritis

Ruby Brinkerhoff, Fall ‘09 Student
Thursday, February 18, 2010

In the midst of our conveniences, entertainments, television shows, and movies, we may catch ourselves becoming less and less active.  It may become clear, after hours spent as a couch potato watching soap operas and reality TV, that life has become one big sideline bench.  No longer are we the actors in our lives, we have become a mere member of the audience, a spectator.

End of an Era… Anyone Got a Van?

Angelina Conti, Teacher
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The close of 2009 brought a sad and unexpected departure from the Woolman community: the Peace Van (aka Clifford the Big Red Van).

Our trusty eight passenger Chevy Astro Peace Van had been on the Mexico trip no less than a dozen times and was perhaps one of the most memorable components of Woolman Semester field trips and intensives.

Memories Worth Remembering

Mia D’Angelli, Student
Friday, December 18, 2009


The Woolman experience has filled me with memories worth remembering. This has been both the best and the hardest time of my life but I can honestly say that without this semester, and the intensity of its challenges and exuberance, I would not be who I am today, striving to be myself and live out my values. In the midst of the semester, I found little time to think through what I had learned and form my own opinions but I am coming out of this with a desire to grow as a person. I want to take my passions for music and change to make the world a better place.

Let's Begin!

Sage, Mia, Hannah & Lily, Students
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Perhaps to save the world
there’s more than one way to be
you can do it by riding a bike,
or planting a tree.
But here’s the truth we want you to see:
“green consumerism” is not the final key.
To turn the lock, to open the door
the key is not to buy much more
but to buy much less
and to be wise
about your actions,
and to analyze.
Change government policy,
it can be done.
We live in a democracy.
This should be fun.