Wardlaw-Hartridge School Juniors Explore Nature at Thoreau Outing

Juniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed their visit to the historic Delaware and Raritan River Canal in Griggstown. (Photo by Dr. David Berry)

EDISON – For the ninth consecutive year, the junior class of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison explored nature and history in a trip back through time in the Thoreau Outing. This annual event, coordinated by Dr. David Berry, Upper School English Department Chair, took place on Oct. 3 on the Millstone River in Griggstown. There were 51 students and four faculty chaperones in attendance.

The Thoreau Outing is an interdisciplinary trip that students take to the historical Delaware and Raritan River Canal in Griggstown to try to recapture some of the intellectual freedom, awe for nature and introspection that Thoreau presents in his uniquely American masterpiece, Walden.

One of the highlights of the trip is the students paddling in canoes in groups of two or three. Most of the students remained dry, but of course a few dipped into the cold water on a chilly October day.

“We travel back in time by going back to a canal from the 19th century,” Dr. Berry said. “We read a selection from Walden by Henry David Thoreau and commune with nature.”

For more information about the trip and its nine-year history, visit www.henryhand.com/dberry

The trip was chaperoned by Dr. Berry, Jim Howard (Upper School Mathematics Chair), Greg Wyatt (Upper School English Teacher) and Allyson Schieve (Director of Writing Center).

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