Did I ever tell you about Moving Field Guides?

Cassie Meador and Mark Twery in Patterson Park (Photo by Alexis Iammarino)

Earlier this month,  a team of four Dance Exchange artists led by Cassie Meador, two ecologists led by Mark Twery of the National Forest Service, and two Americorps fellows from MICA coordinated the first Moving Field Guides at Patterson Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Through interactions with the natural environment, 12 elementary school students practiced basic orienteering skills to navigate among three sites in the park: an open field, a group of trees, and a pond. At each site, students received information about the area through a combination of movement activities and factual information from the scientists. The afternoon culminated in a showing of the dances created by the students based on the information they heard from the scientists, and the movement collection they created from their observations and discoveries in the park.

Steward Pickett, director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, posted his impressions of the day on his blog. Enjoy!

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.