Today, Centennial Woods was green for the first time in months. Buds are beginning to open up on the trees, and the shrubs along the ground have sprouted leaves. Due to the recent abundance of rain, the stream is full and flows throughout the park.
Nature and culture intertwine in many ways in Centennial Woods. As discussed throughout the semester, the land that this park is located on, as well as all of the land where we work and live, is indigneous land, and we should honor that more than we do. Nature and culture also intertwine as Centennial is an educational hub for UVM and Rubenstein, and I think that this could be used to provide more education about indigenous issues.
When I first entered Centennial Woods in August, I said that I felt at home. My relationship to this forest has only grown and deepened as the year has progressed, and as I have learned more about its ecology and phenology, and I am thankful for this relationship knowing that as I continue my time at UVM I can turn to Centennial Woods for solitude in nature when I need it.
I’m not much of an artist, but I’ve always wished I was. I find that abstract lines and shapes are the best way for me to express myself in drawings. I made this quick sketch today as I sat beside the stream.