Woolman is a magical place. We often hear from students of the Semester School that coming to Woolman is a transformative experience. The land, the community, the curriculum, and the people all contribute to Woolman being a place where students discover themselves in new ways, fall in love with learning, learn to live in community, form life-long friendships, and connect deeply with the land.
On November 8th, Johnny Woolman and the Wombats—an eclectic mix of musically talented Fall 2013 students, interns, and faculty—had the rare opportunity to take the stage before renowned author Michael Pollan spoke to an audience of over 1,000 in Grass Valley. Pollan is a long-time hero at Woolman and his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is part of the school's Environmental Science curriculum.
The Global Issues Project Presentations were a smashing success! Students truly rose to the occasion Friday night, exhibiting the hard work they've put into preparing their projects for change in their community that they plan implement when they get home. It was great to see so many members of the local and extended Woolman family in attendance.
For the Environmental Science service project, Chris, Valentine, Lily, and Ethan worked with me to clear a large area of scotch broom. Although we cleared a sizable area, there is still plenty back there! As we worked, we discussed the right for scotch broom to thrive, as all plants at some point in history are invasive species, vs. the idea that because we have so quickly and vastly changed the world and have taken stewardship over it, humans should keep it in balance as opposed to letting evolution take its course.
This semester, students had the option to choose one of three service projects, each connected to a core class. The Peace Studies service project was a collaboration with the Nevada City-based art and activist collective Radical Art for these Times (RAFTT).