Catskill Middle School students got a greater sense of the abundant cultural and natural resources our area has to offer during our school’s annual A Greater Sense of Place event. This grade-six-through-eight event gets students out into our community to experience something they haven’t done before. Students could choose an adventure that interested them from a list of activities at more than a dozen locations.
Students explored our area’s connection to the arts, both past and present, with visits to places like the home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church or the OMI International Arts Center. For those interested in the great outdoors, there was nature hiking, mountain biking, or fishing in the North Lake area, canoeing and kayaking on the Catskill Creek, nature walking at the RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Sanctuary, and geocaching. Others explored food at places like Katchkie Farm, where they harvested organic vegetables and prepared a fresh meal to eat together, or at Pomodoro’s Pizzeria, where they made and ate their own pizzas and toured the Catskill firehouse next door. Students interested in history visited President Martin Van Buren’s estate, the historic Clermont house, or the Saratoga Battlefield. Students could also try out hairstyling, fall crafts, basketball and field sports, or pottery and sculpture making.
Our 2019 event was featured in https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/greater-sense-place