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As landscapes are such inherently complex systems, we begin our journey into understanding Burlington by using three different lenses: the physical landscape, the cultural landscape, and the ecological landscape. landscape lenses Within each of these, we dig deeper into the stories of geology, soils, plants, animals, people, and more.

Another way to explore the landscape of Burlington is to focus on the interconnected nature of a particular place. Winooski 1802Here, we have explored several unique areas each with their own distinct ecological, geological, and cultural stories.

Words alone cannot always capture the story we are trying to tell. lake champlain Using photography, video, and mapping, we are building a library of multimedia resources that will help people to engage with the landscape of Burlington.

It was in Burlington that the famous education reformer John Dewey called upon teachers to use experiential learning as a way to engage students with their home environment. place based ed Place-based learning means venturing out into the community and the natural world with students often driving the inquiry process. In Burlington, many learning opportunities exist that challenge students to view their home as a complex ecological and social system.