Season Kick-off and Moving Guide Experience

An environmental experience partnering artists and scientists

Season Kick-Off and Moving Field Guide Experience
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
6 PM – 8 PM at Dance Exchange

Families and participants of all ages are invited for a Moving Field Guide starting at Dance Exchange and journeying through Takoma Park to celebrate the start of our 20th year in Takoma Park and Montgomery County. All ages are welcome. Join us!

Spring and Summer Moving Field Guide Camps:
Get Outside & Get Moving!
Spring Break: March 26 – 30, 2018

Summer Week 1: June 18 – 22, 2018
Summer Week 2: June 25 – 29, 2018

7117 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD

Join Dance Exchange artists and naturalists to explore nature and the stories of where we live. Help DX celebrate 20 years in Takoma Park during a fun-filled week of creating art and making new connections to each other and to our environment.

Registration coming soon.*Generous need-based scholarships available. Don’t let price be a barrier to joining us! Interested in a scholarship? Click here to download the application.

Contact Sam Horning at and 301-270-6700 with any registration questions.

The Moving Field Guide, conceived and directed by choreographer and Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador, is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in ecology.

Meador’s Moving Field Guide projects look at how the arts can offer creative tools for knowing a place, not just using a place. The project provides people across generations an opportunity to get outdoors and gain a lasting understanding of the natural world. Participants move through experiences that build upon discovery, appreciation, recognition, and stewardship of the environment.

During this immersive experience participants activate their senses and observation skills through a series of outdoor movement activities. Combining an artistic and ecological approach to learning, Moving Field Guides help participants to consider the beauty, complexity, and human impact on the environment around them.

Each Moving Field Guide is customized in partnership with ecologists and naturalists from the region where the project is taking place. Past and present partners include: USDA Forest Service, Girl Scouts of the USA, Wesleyan University, US Botanical Gardens, Glen Echo Park, Arizona State University, and elementary schools throughout the Greater DC Region.

With generous support from the USDA Forest Service, National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, the Takoma Foundation, and the City of Takoma Park, Moving Field Guides are reaching diverse communities in parks, botanical gardens, forests, and along rivers and oceans, while working closely with local extensions, natural resource management and community organizations.

Moving Field Guide Curriculum and Teacher Training

Meador and Dance Exchange published the first edition of Moving Field Guide: A Teacher Training Toolkit for Grades 3-5. Order your copy here.

Moving Field Guide Camps

Moving Field Guide camps and family events are days of learning, moving, and making new connections to the outdoors through dance. Learn about nature with dancers from Dance Exchange and environmental education experts. Learn more


Bring the Moving Field Guides to your community to discover how creative tools can be used to connect people to the environment around them. The Moving Field Guide offers a range of programming, from single workshops to longer and ongoing residencies at schools and in parks. Contact for more information.