Reading the Stones

Jackie Seidel

Abstract


This poem tells the story of a school camping trip with a group of children to Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta. Using this format to tell the story was an attempt to name the earth as a place of story and remembrance without the kinds of boundaries generally imposed by schools, and also an attempt to describe some of the ways we are bound to the earth through time, geography and evolutionary history. How can we come to understand our outdoor education activities as engaging us in a more embodied learning experience of an earth(ly) literacy and intimacy?

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