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Watershed Moments in Environmental History: Conservationism and Civic Engagement at Milton Lower Mills

Third of a 3-part place-based learning series

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Evaluating visual evidence, Inquiry, Empowering informed action

DATE & TIME: August 10, 2021, 9 am – 1:30 pm Rain Date: August 12
PDPs/CREDITS: 6 PDPs / 1 graduate credit if all three programs in the series are completed

FEE: Partnership educators—no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit); Non-partnership educators—TBD(plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

The layers of history in a given place are like sediment built against the banks of a river. No place tells only one story and even a bend in the river holds a wealth of memories, if only we pause to visit and use the tools of inquiry to ask questions and investigate further. Environmental history can bring into focus the under-told stories of the way people interact with the natural world and the implications for ourselves, other species, and the planet. The Milton Lower Falls is a prime example of the stratified layers of history that can be unearthed through place-based learning and studying through the lens of environmentalism and conservationism. Located on the Neponset River, the Lower Mills exists at the intersection of local indigenous history, industrialization, global trade, and the civic action taken in recent years by those looking to restore and repair the natural world. Join us as we visit the Milton Lower Mills with Conevery Valencius, professor of history at Boston College, as we study a place, think about its storied past, and envision its future. With the Lower Mills as our starting place, we will consider the interdisciplinary and action civics possibilities of incorporating place-based learning and environmental history.

Especially for educators of grades 3-12.

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