Adolescent Summit, Plants, April 5-8, 2017

Adolescent Summit, Plants, April 5-8, 2017

Topic: Plants

Host School: School of the Woods

Students will stay with host families provided by the school.



Adolescents are uniquely suited to address the critical issues of the world. Only by directly experiencing the complexities of society and working in a global community will adolescents develop an authentic understanding of the human condition as their social and moral selves evolve.


To encourage hope and positive action for the future, the adolescent needs to feel part of the solution by their efforts to solve one problem at a time. When a group of Montessori students from different parts of the world collaborate, they become advocates for what is true human progress. This is their developmental task.


The School of the Woods will partner with Blackwood Educational Land Institute to provide students the opportunity to contribute to a unique farming program. Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a farm on a quest to model the indispensable role of sustainable food systems, to explore and practice resilient agriculture techniques, to create better ways to grow and source food, and to inspire and prepare the next wave of farmers and ecologists. Located on a 33-acre teaching farm in Waller County, Texas, Blackwood has nearly four acres of cultivated land, and the remainder is preserved in three distinct ecosystems: coastal prairie, post-oak savannah, and pine barrens. Students will learn about perennial grains, polyculture, and tilling practices through their farm work and through work with Blackwood’s unique seed bank.