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HSF Sunrise Sunrise at Hull Springs Farm


Courses offered in the SOLSTICE program include a one-week residency at Longwood's Hull Spring Farm in Westmoreland County just off the Potomac River.  All courses in the SOLSTICE program explore important issues of civic engagement, environmental stewardship and leadership.  While at Hull Springs Farm students engage in activities that support Longwood's mission of cultivating citizen leaders.  

Hull Springs Farm, a 662 acre site in Westmoreland County situated between two tributaries to the Potomac River, is just a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay.  Learn more about Hull Springs Farm. 

 

SOLSTICE 2011 Video

 

SUMMER II - June 15-July 9

Science and Civic Issues
GNED261 - Exploring Science in Our World: Great Ecosystem Exploration  
BIOL295 - Special Topic: Ecology and Conservation of the Chesapeake Bay 
LSTU495 - Special Topic: Investigating the Chesapeake Bay Environment

Weeks one three and four of SOLSTICE will include readings, videos, online assignments and other activities that prepare you for the next phase.  You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, but most of the interactive work will be asynchronous, and the flexibility should be helpful for anyone with other commitments during that time.  

Week two, June 21-26,  the "outdoor action phase" will bring the class to Hull Springs Farm, where, indeed, a great deal of the work will be conducted outside.  

Schedule for 2015

June 15-20 – online assignments and pre-workshop reading
June 21-26 – field work at Hull Springs Farm *
June 27-July 9 - online follow up assignments


Tentative Schedule for Hull Springs Farm weeks

   

Writing and Civic Issues
ENGL483.  Writing: Theory and Practice for the Elementary School -
ENGL479. Writing: Theory and Practice for the Middle and Secondary Classroom
LSTU490: Directed Study: Analyzing the SOLSTICE Program 

Each Liberal Studies / Teacher Preparation track requires a course for teaching writing.  This section of those courses, as part of the SOLstice program, will include opportunities to infuse civic and environmental issues into writing assignments.

Schedule for 2015

June 15-27 - online preparation
June 28-July 3 - field experience at Hull Springs Farm *
July 4-9 - online follow up assignments

Tentative Schedule for Hull Springs Farm weeks

 

SUMMER III - July 12-July 31

Science and Civic Issues - cancelled
EASC300 - The Dynamic Planet 

Each Liberal Studies / Teacher Preparation track requires this course.  This section, as part of the SOLstice program, will include opportunities to explore many of the issues from real-life, on-site perspectives.

Schedule for 2015

July 12-17 - field experience at Hull Springs Farm *
July 19-31 - online follow up assignments

 

* A bus will leave from the Longwood campus on Sunday afternoon to go to Hull Springs Farm, and it will return on Friday evening.  If you live closer to Hull Springs Farm than to campus, we will make alternative arrangements.