DENSI 2013 Daily Recap – Day #2

The Ticonderoga

Today was our fabulous DENSI outing! We started the morning with a trip to the Shelburne Museum, and by museum, they really mean complex! Aside from a number of historic buildings, galleries, and gardens, there was also an actual lighthouse and a full sized ship, the Ticonderoga! We spent the morning touring the grounds and learning about the history and culture of Vermont. We also viewed art in many media including watercolor, oil, pastel, folk art, textile, and sculpture. The grounds and exhibits were absolutely beautiful and made for some lovely pictures!

@ketsanap got a little mouthy after viewing this sculpture!

After a relaxing picnic lunch (in the much needed shade), we reboarded the buses for our next destination, Shelburne Farms (@ShelburneFarms). The estate was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr, the designer of New York’s Central Park, so it is no surprise that it was a gorgeous ride (Shelburne Farms History)! Upon arriving at the stables, we took part in a lesson on sustainability and learned more about the mission of Shelburne Farms. Their goal is to increase personal awareness of sustainability as well as community action. Part of our session this afternoon included samples of some of Shelburne Farm’s goodies, including fresh tomatoes, kohlrabi, and my favorite, cheeses! If you are sad about missing out on our tasting adventure, fear not! You can order cheese, meats, maple syrup and more in their online store. Not only would you get some amazing cheese (I recommend the smoked cheddar,  it is all fantastic though), but you are also helping to support the mission of sustainable agriculture!

The DENSI group photo in front of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms (from DE's Facebook)

We then headed outside to discuss three questions, which you should ask yourself even if you weren’t able to DENSI:

  1. What inspires you about community and school interactions?
  2. Why do you do what you do?
  3. What is the purpose of education?

It's not the range, but the gnome was feeling pretty comfortable on the farm! (from @mrlosik)

We also had some time to explore the Farm Barn, where we were able to visit the bakery and cheese making building as well as interact with some of the cutest members of Shelburne Farms, the animals! Some of the DEN Stars even got to milk one of the beautiful (and huge) Brown Swiss cows!

Karen tries her hand at milking at Shelburne Farms! (from @MsZ1600)

Today we also got our first glimpse of the WDEN News! Check it out here! Didn’t they do an amazing job!? If you have a news story, be sure to let Judy Uhrig (@jruhrig) know and you might just be on an episode of WDEN News.

I also mentioned Kyle’s Quest from the opening session in yesterday’s recap. It is now available online!

 

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