summer stories

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Skardu is desert, mountains with snow peaks and glacial melt trailing down, lakes and fields of wheat and corn turned gold by the sun, rows and rows of potato plants with flat green leaves, mountains of rock and sand, old acorn trees and so much more. I’m continuously amazed at how much diversity this landscape (and skycape) has to offer in the span of one frame. Secondary school geography could easily become one of my favorite subjects in surroundings with such verdant possibilities. Continue reading

Summer School Schedule

SUMMER SCHOOL at Abruzzi School Teaching Garden

Day 1: 20th July 2012

Introductions: welcome to summer camp 2012!

Lesson: Decomposition of Soil

Digging compost site


Activity: soil tests

The student will by the end of this class know that soil is made up of. Partly from weathered rock, partly from organic materials such as plant remains and contains many organisms. They will also know that soils differ in their colour, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the grown of many kinds of plants.

Links between: biology, art and chemistry. Continue reading

Enviornmental leadership program – Berkley California

With a school garden on the map, we hope to create an ideal environment from which future leaders in the field of environmental and social sciences will emerge from the Abruzzi School student body. An education based

on an experiential method of learning is the staging grounds for developing a generation of

young men and women equipped to undertake the issues of environmental sustainability and policy.

7th grade students of the Abruzzi School
July 2011

wheat fields surrounding the school

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the living watershed

This DVD breathes life into the Splash Secondary Curriculum, Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Streams and Water Quality<

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out across into the Sacramento region. Continue reading

Hot Springs near Shigar valley


Taking note of the above we now shift our attention to the north, towards the Himal and there is nothing beyond the Gilgit-Baltistan Territory, a piece of pakistan which fits inbetween the Pamir / Wakhan corridor, Kashmir and China.
Chutran Hot Spring
Choutron (Chu Tran, Basho valley, Chutung) contains a hot spring which can be described as follows:

‘The name literally means “hot water” in the local Balti tongue. In Chutran, there is a medicinal hot springs. Over the decades, the spa has become popular with the local people, who are even coming from beyond Hunza (15 hours by road) to soak in the 40-plus degree Celsius water. Nestled at the base of the northeast side of the Haramosh Range, Chutron is partially shaded and thereby relatively cool. Its scalloped terraced wheat fields are intercrossed by footpaths and stone field boundaries, all of which conspire to provide beautifully pastoral views and retains a primitive charm, seemingly stuck in in the 19th century’. source Continue reading

School Gardens and Native Plants

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“Native plants help students learn the vital connection between plants and higher forms of life. Plants are at the bottom of the food chain, and native plants are a primary component of healthy ecosystems. Just as edible plants are important for human health and survival, native plants are equally necessary to other forms of life. Native plants help pollinator populations survive and thrive, which in turn help pollinate edible crops. Continue reading