Walking from Floyd to Roanoke
Springhouse learners and staff wrapped up the 2017-18 school year by embarking on a 4-day, 48-mile walking trip from the front door of the school in Floyd, Va to the center of Roanoke, Va. The group traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway and camped along the way. The trip was led by a man named Jonathan Stalls, who has walked across the U.S., founded Walk2Connect, and has given a TedTalk about his 3,000-mile journey.
Springhouse values expeditionary learning because it fosters a sense of connection, develops resilience in both the learner and the community, and sparks curiosity in ways that simply cannot happen in a familiar environment. Springhouse offers three Experience Week trips each school year, including a trip during the second week of school. On these ventures, the school community journeys out into the world for an immersive and deeply bonding learning experience. In the past, learners have traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to learn about coal mining, mountaintop removal, and Appalachian culture. They have learned about coastal ecology at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, actively explored creativity and the arts in Asheville, NC, rock climbed and hiked in Chattanooga, TN, researched Appalachian ecology at the Mountain Lake Biological Station, and learned about the history of slavery and the effects of racism in our culture in Charleston, SC.