The week concluded with a visit from naturalist, best-selling author, and fierce advocate for freedom of speech,
, addressing the Millbrook community and spending time with classes and students.
Her forum address covered many topics in relation to our natural world, including the history of the creation of state and federal parks in the United States, which she fondly refers to as “public lands,” and vivid short stories about her experiences with nature. A dynamic speaker, she also invited audience members to share their experiences with nature throughout her speech, as well as included music.
“You know the privilege that you have, and there is a burden and blessing that comes with that. What’s at stake is our future,” said Terry Tempest Williams about the urgency to protect our environment and public lands. She urged Millbrook students to take action if they feel passionate about the issue of protecting our public lands saying, “you are so much more powerful than you know.”
The community responded to the forum with a standing ovation, and the on the following day, Earth Day, Terry Tempest Williams participated in classroom discussions, went on a nature walk throughout our 800-acre campus with Environmental Science students, and also took a tour of the Trevor Zoo
Stewardship of the natural world has been one of Millbrook’s core values since the inception of the school, and these are just some of the many educational, empowering, and fun activities that students and faculty participated in celebration of our planet.