Course Descriptions

Fall 2019

List of 12 items.

  • Natural History of the Desert Southwest: A Climbers Exploration of Red Rock Canyon

    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    The desert southwest holds a special place in the eyes of the observer, the naturalist and the climber alike. As a species humans have been evolving for thousands of years and expanding our villages, towns and cities in which we survive and thrive. The desert around Las Vegas, NV has a rich human history dating back 12,000 years to prehistoric humans. With Red Rock National Conservation Area in such close proximity to the now major metropolitan area of the Las Vegas Valley, it is a wonder that this natural gem was never developed. Protection of this natural wonder has preserved for generations, the beauty and life within this amazing landscape. It is clear from the moment you lay eyes on Red Rocks, that it would take a lifetime to explore it. The area gets its name from the vibrant red rock mountain panorama that towers over the landscape. The geology that makes these mountains so vibrant and so preserved is quite unique.

    Far below the cliffs on the desert floor, the naturalist can find thousands of species of plants and animals. The Mojave Desert, the driest and smallest of the four North American deserts, is considered a true arid landscape. As we seek to understand the natural world by exploring our connection to it we will embark upon a Natural History adventure. Students will be able to follow their academic interests to gain a sense of place about life in the desert. For climbers, Red Rocks is a world wide destination on their dream list. Each spring, because of the tall walls and warm sandstone cliffs climbers flock to Red Rock to experience the same routes honored in climbing literature. Students will be able to learn and develop climbing skills and no climbing experience is required, just a desire to learn and explore. Our nights will be spent at the conservation area’s campground, sleeping in tents and cooking our own meals. Prior to departure, we will spend a few days in our climbing gym to learn or review basic climbing skills.
  • Permaculture: a Path to Extending Sustainability

    Location: Colebrook, NH
    Sustainable development can be though of as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. On this Field Course we will be looking at the environment, social and economic sides of sustainability through the ethical lens and precepts of permaculture. The permaculture ethics of earth care, people care, and fair share lead us to an investigation of the interconnected web of what it means to be an ethical citizen and steward, provoking big questions such as: How can we live comfortably while at the same time ensuring that the lives of our global neighbors are not adversely impacted? How can we make choices in our daily lives to help minimize our ecological footprint? And how can we act both locally and globally to ensure that we are not compromising the wellbeing of future generations?
  • Leadership and Equity in the Backcountry

    Location: Gorham, NH/Maine border
    The White Mountains of New Hampshire will be our classroom as we explore various leadership styles and investigate whether equitable access to wilderness exists. As we hike moderately difficult trails suitable for all and look from inspiring vantage points, we will focus on developing our skills as leaders while exploring the barriers of access to these beautiful places for certain groups of people. We will learn backcountry and leadership skills relevant to many situations. We will focus on a peer leadership model, understanding individual leadership styles, building a cohesive group, being effective communicators, goal setting, and planning and executing safe group activities. This Field Course will provide the opportunity for students to learn about themselves as leaders, reflect on their own access to the outdoors, gain an understanding of the equity issues in the backcountry and explore our local mountains on an introductory section of trail in one of the most scenic parts of the eastern United States. On the final day of the course, students will apply their learning to our campus and community by helping to increase accessibility to our campus trail system.
  • Poverty, Homelessness and Hunger: Meeting People's Basic Needs

    Location: Portland, ME
    In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. According to the organization Feeding America, 46.5 million people in the United States come from households that are food insecure which means that these people do not have access to adequate food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, millions of people in the United States are struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and the rising cost of living.

    This Field Course will explore the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States through community service work in Portland, ME. We will extend our study from the theoretical to the practical as we work with Good Shepherd Food Bank, sorting and packaging much needed groceries for children, families, and the elderly. 
  • Geology and Glaciology and Their Effects on the Ecology of Acadia

    Location: Bar Harbor, ME
    Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, is the definition of a contrasting natural environment. From the ocean off Schoodic Point to the top of Cadillac Mountain, a traveler can traverse a landscape that started forming 500 million years ago. This landscape, which began as volcanic ash, sand and silt, was carved by successive glacial during the Pleistocene epoch. It is now home to one of the most diverse ecological communities one can find outside of a rain forest.

    During our week on this eastern seaboard gem, students will gain an appreciation for the rocks under their feet, the forces that shaped them, and the flora and fauna that now cover them. At Otter Cliff students' perspective of the area's geology will be up-close and personal as they rock climb cliffs rising from the sea. Atop Cadillac Mountain we will be among the first people in the United States to witness the day's sunrise while exploring the fragile ecosystem near the summit. The number of stunning natural areas are endless, and we'll do our best to explore many of them.
  • From Acceptance to Inclusion to Affirmation: A Look at the Past, Present and Future of Students of Color in Independent Schools

    Location: New England
    This is a Field Course well suited for all who want to write, and make, a history of change. In the late 1940’s The White Mountain School (which, at that point, was St. Mary’s in the Mountains) accepted its first Black student. What might her experience have been? Was it the same as other students like her who were the first to attend private boarding schools? How has the experience of People of Color in boarding schools changed in the last seventy years? What changes still need to happen?

    In this Field Course we will study the history of change for People of Color in boarding schools. We will collaborate with students and faculty at three different boarding schools to learn more about that history, their groundbreaking stories, and how are they told. We will also explore the ways schools today include and affirm People of Color with curriculum, school culture, and programming, investigating how schools address matters of equity and build bridges among all community members and constituencies. We will explore what works, and what still needs to be done. By collaborating with other schools, we will gather stories from the past, build community and analyze best practices from the present, and consider innovative strategies for the future. We will write important chapters in the history of People of Color, and we will produce actionable steps to make history, setting the standard for an inclusive, equitable, and affirming culture for all People of Color at The White Mountain School.
  • Thoreau's Wabanaki Trail and Canoeing Expedition

    Location: Northern Maine
    Henry David Thoreau traveled the Maine Wilderness by foot and canoe in 1846, 1853, and 1857. Using Penobscot guides he followed ancient Wabanaki canoe routes through the Maine wilderness. During his time traveling through The Maine Woods, he wrote of his experiences as he traveled along the ancient Native American highways, “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the  depth of his own nature.”- Henry David Thoreau. His writings were published in magazines and eventually compiled into a book, “The Maine Woods”.

    On this extended field course, we will explore the woods and waterways that Thoreau traveled on in the 1800’s. Much of the land has been protected by Baxter State Park, and more recently by Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We will be traveling by canoe, on the same ancient waterways traveled by the Wabanaki people and Thoreau. We will learn about the history of the area and the native Wabanaki people and we will read excerpts of Thoreau’s Transcendental writings, and create our own writings based on our Wilderness experiences. As the waterways have been mostly untouched by modern life, we will have the opportunity to explore the Maine woods in much the same way as Thoreau did. We will camp by the shore, possibly in the same spots as Thoreau and our travels will include the vast lakes and river systems of Northern Maine. By portaging our canoes from lake to lake and to river, we will link of a section of history. This course will run a few days outside of the normal five day schedule to accommodate for travel to the area.
    Bring your sense of adventure on this backcountry canoe based course.
  • Improvisational Music

    Location: Bowman Island
    Environmental activist, John Muir, wrote: “Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy.” In this Field Course, students will paddle out on canoes to spend four nights on Bowman Island, located on picturesque Squam Lake. With nature as inspiration, students will learn to channel the “flow” of nature’s peace, as described by Muir, into musical improvisation. Such music has been described, by the Encyclopedia Britannica, as “extemporaneous composition... a musical passage, usually in a manner conforming to certain stylistic norms but unfettered by the prescriptive features of a specific musical text.” In musical improvisation, according to one writer, “the process of making the music is as important as the results.”

    Students will learn techniques and strategies to create music together. Students will learn basic music theory, exploring how notes, chords and rhythm work together. Students will gain experience through taking risks and repeated exposure. Who should take this course? Anyone who is willing to take a risk making music. Students with little (or no) experience as musicians, as well as those classically trained, will find joy in the collaborative aspect of creating nature-inspired music. We will use day trips to surrounding islands and Rattlesnake mountain as further inspiration for our music. Bring your voice, ukulele, guitars, drums, sticks to hit. Bring a sense of musical adventure.
  • Small Scale Agriculture and Organic Farming

    Location: Bethlehem, NH
    There are nearly 300% more people living on Earth now than 100 years ago. That is a lot of extra mouths to feed! The Green Revolution in the 1950s and 60s introduced new technologies that helped increase crop yields and saved over a billion people worldwide from starvation. However, the industrialization of agriculture has catastrophic effects on the environment. From water pollution to antibiotic resistance, current agricultural practices have taken a huge environmental toll. How then can we, as global citizens, adequately nourish ourselves while considering the wellbeing of the planet and of future generations? Eating seasonally and locally-sourced foods may provide a sustainable solution.

    In this carbon neutral Field Course we will examine the ideas and practices of sustainable agriculture, farming, and environmental stewardship as locally as possible: on the WMS Farm. We will explore topics such as crop rotation, no-till farming, sustainable forestry, drip irrigation, animal husbandry, global citizenship, sustainable building, and more set on the stage of our own backyard. Not only will students on this course develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from, but they will also walk away from the week with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to grow their own. Students will also have a first hand look at what it means to be carbon neutral during a time when increasing carbon emissions are at the forefront of the environmental crisis. Come ready to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, eat wood-fired pizza, hammer nails, swim in the school pond, and learn what it means to grow your own food!
  • Nature Photography

    Location: North Conway, NH
    During this Course you will explore the art of nature photography and the beauty of the White Mountains. The end of September is a magical time in New Hampshire as the leaves start to turn, the forest floor is littered with a rainbow assortment of mushrooms and flowers and animals scurry to fatten up for the winter. We will explore a variety of habitats to learn the best techniques for photographing landscapes, plants and animals and water. We will practice using camera settings, such as aperture and shutter speed, and learn how they affect photographs, while exploring the mountains and backcountry trails. We will apply our skills out in the field as we capture the majesty of autumn on the peaks and in the valleys. Along the way we will meet with a professional photographer, visit the Bradford Washburn Museum in Crawford Notch and other galleries, and spend time studying the work of nature photographers while working on our own photographic skills.

    For this course we will be based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This location provides access to many picturesque locations. Our lodging will also give opportunities to work on photography editing skills in the evening and to research photographs and photographers of interest. At the end of the course students will select their best photographs to create a portfolio. In addition, everyone will choose their favorite photographs to be printed, framed, and hung in a gallery at school along, for the viewing pleasure of the community.
  • Art History and Theatre in New York City

    Location: New York, NY
    New York City, The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham - whatever you call it, there’s no question that this cultural gem of a city will inspire, challenge, and surprise you. With its myriad galleries, museums, and theaters, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience the arts. We will be staying in an apartment in the city so we will be right in the heart of it all. Each day we will hop on the subway and hop off at the doorstep of intellectual adventure. We will explore the galleries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, the Museum of Modern Art, and the art gallery district in Chelsea. We’ll also take a trip to the theater and attend a Broadway show. And, of course, we will eat authentic New York City cuisine whenever we have a chance. If you are curious about modern art, fascinated by medieval tapestries, starstruck by the stage, craving a real bagel, or dazzled by Renaissance drawings, this is the city that has everything you desire.

    In between adventures, we will be journaling and discussing our experiences, examining how theater and art both reflect society and change it. Be prepared for some shifts in your thinking, as you may be surprised by what you learn. To provoke your thinking, we’ll provide useful articles to read both before and during the trip. Our hope is that you develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of what it means to be an artist and how artists interact with the world around them.
  • Human Impact on the Colorado: How the Colorado River is Being Squeezed Dry

    Location: Prescott, AZ and the Grand Canyon
    The mighty Colorado River stretches 1,450 miles and is one of the principal watersheds in the western United States. It begins as a trickle in the Rocky Mountains and grows into a massive river that flows through seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The river's history is as wild as its whitewater rapids, supplying water to more than 25 million people and responsible for irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland. Interestingly, this grand river no longer reaches the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, as it once did, due to a number of competing forces that utilize this water for life and profit including irrigation, hydroelectric power production and domestic water supply. The Colorado River is now one of the most highly controlled and controversial rivers in the world.

    In this course we will study the complicated water rights of and human impact on this majestic river. Once a wild and untamed icon of the American West, it is now a river stretched beyond its max with fifteen major dams and hundreds more on its tributaries. Through the medium of a backcountry river trip in the lower Grand Canyon, we will speak with experts on how water is used in the desert southwest, meet with different constituent groups, and analyze human impact on the river to gain a better understanding of this complicated, and to some, controversial issue. We will spend our first day based at Prescott College, meeting with local experts and activists. The following day we will begin our trek on the Colorado River at Diamond Creek and spend the next four days paddling on and exploring the last section of the Grand Canyon before stopping at Pierce Ferry.

Spring 2018

List of 11 items.

  • A Cultural Exchange and Language Immersion in France

    Location: Paris, France
    Paris is the city of love, the cultural hub of France, and the home of some of the world’s most famous paintings, sculpture, and architecture. France is well known for her gourmet food, her ancient and immaculate architecture, and her beautiful and thought provoking art. It is no question that France is known for its culture but do our perceptions really match the reality of French culture? Through travel and immersion students will experience French culture first hand and have the chance to develop, affirm, and maybe even rethink their perceptions. Students will improve their French language speaking skills and learn about the culture during this eleven day course. The first five days will be spent in Paris immersing ourselves in the culture. During this time students will conduct research projects on the cultural significance of Parisian landmarks, artwork and history.

    The final six days will be spent in a homestay with a French family in Nevers. This is part of an exchange program between our school and a high school in Nevers which has lasted over twenty years. This stay has proved to be an invaluable experience for students as they develop relationships with French students their age, learn first-hand about the French culture, and perhaps most importantly, students learn a lot about themselves when living in such a new setting. The cultural immersion will be strengthened by daily journal entries and group discussions reflecting on our experience. Not only will the students learn how to travel responsibly but they will also develop applicable skills making them lifelong cultural ambassadors. There is an additional cost for this pre-registered course and students must have a valid passport and visa if necessary.
  • Exploring the Culture and Social Justice in the Developing Caribbean Nation of the Dominican Republic

    Location: Dominican Republic
    The March Community Service Field Course to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is designed to offer students the opportunity to complete community development projects in the community of La Sabana Perdida. This course examines issues of culture, poverty, social development and social justice in the Dominican Republic through direct service learning work and preparatory and reflective class sessions and discussions. We will have the opportunity to examine development issues that have plagued the island nation for years and current efforts to address these concerns.

    The service learning component includes working on a designated construction project and working in a local elementary school. In addition, we will spend time with community leaders to learn about social and historical issues, and engage in a variety of cross-cultural activities with community members. This course also includes a visit to a couple of local Haitian immigrant communities (a batey), a tour of local schools and orphanages, an evening visiting and touring the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo, and exploring the small Caribbean country. Not only will we contribute significantly to the local Dominican community in which we will be staying, through genuine service work, but they will also gain first-hand experience in important development issues through talks with local leaders, community members and our Dominican friends. They will learn about Dominican history and culture and hopefully pick up some skills in dancing the merengue and bachata, and learn some Spanish along the way! This course will require students to participate in pre-course meetings beyond the traditional time commitment. There will be an additional fee per student for this course.
  • Green Living in the Urban World: Sustainability and Service in Montreal

    Location: Montreal, Canada
    Living in a city and living a sustainable lifestyle may sound like an impossibility, but large metropolitan areas
    around the world are working to confront environmental problems that have resulted from rapid urbanization. This course is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the ways people can reduce their environmental impact while living in a city. It will also push students to use what they learn to design an environmentally conscious dream city. We will be working with Eco-Quartier, “an organization of community action, initiative, awareness and environmental accountability” in Montreal, Quebec.

    The city of Montreal created this organization to encourage its residents to reduce their environmental impact. We will explore a few neighborhoods to examine the ways Montreal combats environmental problems in today’s world. We will visit the Biosphere, an interactive eco-museum focused on educating the public about ways to build awareness of major environmental issues. A visit to the TOHU’s sorting center, a complex created to highlight Montreal’s circus arts scene and the base of Cirque de Soleil, will help facilitate our environmental citizenship. We will stay at Auberge Alternative, an arts-oriented hostel. Travel identification is required for this course. There will be an additional fee of $50 for required international travel insurance.
  • Hands and Hearts: The Civil Rights Legacy of Jewish and African Americans

    Location: Washington, D.C.
    In 1814, the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner billed the United States as "the land of the free and the home of the brave", but this has clearly been a fractured and imperfect freedom for the majority of minority groups in this country. Focusing on the American Civil Rights movement as a primary example, we will look at the history and legacy of both African and Jewish Americans and their courage in facing prejudice and their struggles for social justice. Special attention will be placed on areas of overlap as we seek to better understand what common threads exist in the experience of these Americans. We will thoroughly research key players and develop a set of questions which we will seek to explore through museum visits, community service in conjunction with the KIND Foundation, and participation in the social justice curriculum at the Park School in Baltimore, MD.

    We plan to visit the Jewish American History Museum in Philadelphia, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, MD and take full advantage of Washington DC's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Time permitting, we may also include short, focused visits to the National Museum of American History's Unity Square Exhibit and the National Women's History Museum exhibits on activism and reform. We will also visit Georgetown Day School, fully integrated since its inception in 1945 in segregated Washington, DC, in order to gain a clearer understanding of how they have evolved from a color-blind institution to one that recognizes, understands and celebrates the differences of their community members. We will be staying in a house within the heart of DC, with friends of The White Mountain School.
  • Leadership in the Natural World: Practical Applications of Leadership and Communication

    Location: University of New Hampshire’s Browne Center
    Leadership, teamwork, communication, risk, and conflict all play important roles in our lives. On this Field Course, we will have the opportunity to work together to learn about ways of dealing with these challenges and responsibilities as well as exploring our own personal leadership styles. We will learn through hands-on experience on the high and low ropes course at the University of New Hampshire’s Browne Center, as well as through practical experiences with local groups and community members. We will be spending full days outside engaging in fun and exciting activities and initiatives. These challenges are designed to improve our understanding of ourselves and each other, bring awareness to our communication styles, dabble with safe risk-taking and practice active leadership skills.
    Upon completing this course, students will be well-positioned to take on leadership roles within the White Mountain community as proctors, crew supervisors, club leaders, and team captains, as well as Field Course assistants and leaders. A positive attitude, an open mind and a willingness to try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone is necessary. We will work collaboratively to build our leadership skills, solve problems and challenge ourselves. In addition to our time spent at The Browne Center during two of the days, we will spend time examining our own leadership styles and actively practicing these skills. We will be living in a yurt on The Browne Center campus.
  • Live Free or Die: A Study of Representative Government Through the Local and State Governments of New Hampshire

    Location: Concord, New Hampshire
    What is the largest state legislature in the USA? That’s right, New Hampshire, the state ranked 42nd in total population. The unique qualities of New Hampshire’s political system allow for incredible accessibility to the people, and places that they govern. What are the challenges facing the area in which you go to school and who are the local politicians and government officials working to address these challenges? Our local government provides a window into the unique challenges of more rural America as well as the challenges of local governing in general.

    In this Field Course, we will be able to see democracy in action. We will have the opportunity meet, interview, observe, and work with the people who govern, including local selectboard members and state and federal representatives. Students will have the chance to research an issue of interest and talk directly with the people who wrestle with them at the local, state, and federal levels. We will also observe different seats of government, including the New Hampshire State House in Concord, NH and Bethlehem, NH town meetings. Among other things, the hope is that students will build a greater understanding and appreciation of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" and a greater confidence in participating in the political process.
  • Maine Coast Independent Student Project

    Location: Portland, Maine
    The Independent Student Project is a Field Course designed to allow students to study, in depth, a topic of their choosing. With a goal of creating something that adds value to the world, students will be able to follow their interests and passions. Centered in the picturesque city of Portland, Maine, students will have the flexibility to ask their own “big” questions and then design a detailed course of study, both academic and experiential, to answer those questions. With faculty assistance, students on this course will brainstorm, plan, set up and carry out their complete curriculum. All participants will create a culminating project and give a group presentation highlighting their work.

    Portland will allow for a tremendous variety of possible courses of study. Individually or in small groups, students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions. Previous projects have ranged from creating a series of watercolor paintings to exploring the music and art scenes of Portland to researching the different ways people train for rock climbing. There will be an advanced sign-up process for this course to best meet the needs of the independent projects as well as to begin the necessary logistics for each student’s idea. Students will be expected to conduct initial research about locations and resources in Portland, and to work with the leaders on advance planning of their project.
  • Natural History of the Mojave Desert: Joshua Tree National Park

    Location: The Mojave Desert, California
    The Mojave Desert is the driest and smallest of the four North American deserts, and it only receives an average of 6 inches of precipitation annually. The Mojave is considered a true arid landscape, but in the desert there is always life. This Field Course is a climbing trip and a natural history adventure focused on exploring and discovering that elusive desert life. During the course of the adventure we will seek to understand the natural world and our own connections to the desert environment. Joshua Tree National Park will be our home for observation and engagement with this special region of North America. With natural history as our focus, students will follow their interests and gain a sense of place by studying and teaching their peers about the desert flora and fauna, geology, human history and other aspects of life in the Mojave Desert.

    Joshua Tree National Park in southern California is also a destination for climbers from around the world and boasts some historic granite climbing in its unique desert climate. In addition to our study of the natural history of the place, we will spend the week exploring Joshua Tree’s granitic domes and spires while we practice our climbing systems and multi-pitch techniques. There are climbs to suit all abilities and most of them are crack or face climbs on the coarse golden granite typical of this southern desert. Students will be able to practice and learn safe climbing skills and no climbing experience is required, just a desire to learn and explore. Our nights will be spent at a National Park campground, sleeping in tents and cooking our own meals. Prior to departure, we will spend a few days in our climbing gym to learn or review basic climbing skills. There will be an additional fee per student for this course.
  • Psychology and Group Dynamics

    On this Field Course, we will study the psychology of group dynamics and explore the reasons why people think and act differently in a variety of group situations. During Field Course, students will gain a foundational knowledge of psychological topics and processes through a variety of different sources. We will examine some current research in applied psychology, perform assessments of ourselves and the group, and use non-fiction literature as case studies to examine people’s thoughts, feelings and actions in different scenarios. Each student will present a specific case study of group dynamics for full group discussion each evening. We will participate in mindfulness activities and will also maintain a daily journal to help hone our observation skills and to reflect on our own personal thoughts, feelings and behavior as well as the overall group dynamic that day.

    We will spend the week cross-country skiing between three beautiful eco-lodges that are part of the new Maine Huts and Trails system. We will be outside skiing each day, and we will also be able to enjoy delicious freshly-prepared food, warm drinks, and a well-earned night's rest at each lodge. This course is available to anyone, regardless of skiing experience. All required ski equipment is available to be borrowed from the school, and all participating students will also take part in an instructional ski clinic prior to the start of this course.
  • Winter Ecology in The White Mountains

    Location: The White Mountains
    Winter in New England is an important part of the yearly seasonal cycle, filled with unique opportunities to study physical landscape, climate, biological activity, and the relationship between these factors. Wintertime offers insights into ecosystem function and the natural history of the region that may not be appreciated in summer visits to the field. A study of this season imparts a better understanding of Northern ecology, and provides an important sense of the human impact upon a place in the natural world. This course is intended as an introduction to physical and biological processes, and species interactions in snow-covered, wintertime environments. This experience will allow us to study the distinctive adaptations of plants, animals, and human beings that allow them to survive in winter climates.

    We will spend our nights in a cozy roadside cabin and our days exploring the forests and peaks around us. We will focus primarily on New Hampshire’s abundant deciduous forests, with potential forays into subalpine forests, alpine tundra, coniferous forests or wetlands. Our days will be spent doing extensive field observations, working with local experts, and doing our own research. Through class work, fieldwork, and individual projects, we will begin to understand the complex mountain ecosystems of the Northeastern US. You don’t need prior outdoor experience or scientific expertise to participate in this course, just a curiosity about the winter environment. You will need basic winter outdoor gear including warm boots and clothing for day trips.
  • Write to Perform

    Location: North Conway, New Hampshire
    For centuries, playwrights have told stories and entertained audiences in the forms of comedy, satire and tragedy. Some of the classic plays which are centuries old, still connect to modern audience and seem timeless. Playwriting is an important form of art in our culture, and one that has gone through significant evolution. This Field Course is your chance to learn how to use your creativity to write a play that truly reflects your thoughts and ideas. Playwriting is a fun and rewarding form of creative writing. What makes playwriting unique is that what you write is designed to be performed. It’s a way to share a story from your life or dive deep into the depths of fiction.

    On this Field Course, we will spend five days learning the techniques of playwriting in North Conway. We will learn how to develop an idea - about an experience, historical event or current event - into an engaging and meaningful play. Explicit instruction on the elements of playwriting will provide a scaffold for students to expand their ideas. Each day we will have time to write and share our plays, get feedback, and then see our plays performed. We will also go see live performances and meet with theater professionals in Portland. We will use a “Write to Perform” journal to take notes, brainstorm, reflect, and put our plays through the writing process of drafting and revising a performance-ready ten-minute play.


371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
The White Mountain School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.