Fire and shelter workshop offered

PUTNEY — The Grammar School is offering a free workshop for children and parents to learn the basics of fire making and shelter building on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children must be accompanied by a parent (or other adult) participant. Dress to be outdoors.

Matt Mitchell, fifth-grade teacher and outdoor curriculum coordinator, and Annie Schulzinger, fourth-grade teacher, will lead the event. Both have backgrounds in environmental education and have spent the fall taking advantage of The Grammar School's campus to build outdoor skills and environmental awareness in their students.

Outdoor study and play are key components of The Grammar School's educational philosophy. Students are engaged at all grade levels in the natural world. The school believes that time spent outdoors teaches us to observe, to collaborate, and to improvise. Students build understanding about systems and the interconnectedness of the world while enjoying the cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits of spending time in the outdoors.

Students from the fifth grade will be assisting with Saturday's event as the culmination of an integrated unit on survival. Fifth graders have been exploring, through a laboratory and experiential-based approach, the science of survival: food, water, shelter, and in some cases, fire.

Participants of all ages are welcome to attend the event. No RSVP required. Visit for more information.


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