Experiential Learning

Here in Vermont, the sustainability movement is very strong and closely tied to the tradition of self-reliance. Greenwood students learn how to access surrounding resources for food, shelter and recreation. It all happens in our woodshop/workshop, where hands on experiential learning builds character and confidence.

Engraining a sense of self-reliance extends beyond academics and support services. It happens organically in our work spaces, where students enjoy comradery, designing, building and creating. Greenwood students have crafted everything from habitable structures, to woodland crossings and furniture of all sizes and carvings. The list of projects is noteworthy, changing from year to year driven by student interest.
Our students designed and constructed the sizable rock climbing walls in the gym, and the on-campus skateboard park. Both these structures required many hours of planning and hard work alongside dedicated and skilled faculty.

Greenwood students shape metal objects and fittings in the wood fired forge. Like the forge, the outdoor bakers oven is also maintained and used throughout the seasons. Students bake homemade bread and pizza with ingredients prepared in the school kitchen.

Visitors can’t help but notice the many bikes, boards and dogs peppering our home-like campus. With so many young students who enjoy mountain biking, a bicycle repair shop is needed and found in our woodshop. Trail riders also learn how to maintain their equipment, another practical skill in self-reliance.

At the start of every school year, Greenwood kids enjoy picking crisp Vermont apples to run through the cider press. In late Winter and early Spring, students tap trees to boil traditional sweet maple syrup. It’s all so good!