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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

Students experience wild Outer Cape

The autumn season is one of splendor on the Outer Cape, and no one may have appreciated that more than Henry Beston, author of “The Outermost House.”

For the past three years, there’s been a group of high school students from Central Massachusetts that have been seeking that same sense of wonder that Beston did. Last October, 52 students from Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, Mass., embarked on their annual outing to the Cape.

The weekend trip is part of an interdisciplinary study between Biology, History, Philosophy, and Art, led by TRHS faculty members Peter Doherty (English), Steve Pacheco (social studies) Lisa Sequeira (science), and Carol Mack (art). Leading up to the trip, the group researched and read many subjects and works, including Beston’s “The Outermost House.”

My “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod” presentation is just one of the activities during the weekend.

The students were given the opportunity to spend several minutes in a solitary area of the beach and, through journaling, reflect on those moments alone in a natural setting.

Beach camp fire, October 2014.

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