Siskin Outdoor Learning

For nearly 15 years, Cabot School has maintained a strong partnership with Siskin Ecological Adventures, a community based organization committed to connecting kids to the natural world. This collaboration is an integral component of Cabot’s 8th grade experience in which students participate in team building challenges, learn about local environmental ecology, and gain technical outdoor skills. Siskin educators are experts in helping young people connect with nature while developing confidence, communication skills, and a positive character. This year, we’re excited to pilot a new school-based program with Siskin that integrates inquiry-based, hands-on science and exploration of the natural world.

Siskin science workshops for grades K-8 occur every Tuesday. Each workshop is approximately an hour; most lessons will combine an outdoor investigation and an indoor activity designed to cultivate curiosity, inquiry, perseverance, and evidence-based decision-making. An overarching goal of the program is to encourage students to 'think like a scientist!'

Throughout the series, students participate in a variety of investigations that explore the environment with a special emphasis on the flora and fauna in our own backyard. Science investigations are built upon core science standards, but will also incorporate art, literacy, math, and history.

Instructor Bios

Jason Brueck—An ecologist turned educator, Jason brings 25 years experience working as an environmental educator, research biologist, and trip leader along with 16 years of living a more settled life near the Clyde River in East Charleston, VT. Jason and his wife Annie are the founders of the educational non-profit, Siskin Ecological Adventures through which they work with over 70 area schools and community organizations each year leading a mixture of environmental science, outdoor recreation, and team building programs. They live off-grid with their three children Corbin, Cooper, and Sabine.

Paul Chambers—After attending the University of Vermont where he studied biological anthropology, Paul has turned his professional focus to his passion of educating in the outdoors. Paul got his start in the field of outdoor learning as a summer camp counselor at Siskin/Coutts-Moriarty at the age of 16. Over the ensuing decade, he has worked with over 70 Northeast Kingdom schools and organizations delivering science, team building, and adventure programming, as well as overnight canoe trips along Vermont's rivers. Paul resides in Derby with his wife Beth and son Oak.

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