We are heading to Oklahoma!
Never thought about this adventure? WELL...
This beautiful prairie landscape is home to one of the hottest 'David and Goliath' battles in our country about how we are choosing to fuel our lifestyle. In 2015, Oklahoma experienced 907 earthquakes (historically there has been less than 5 per year) - and many are considering this as part of the dramatic increase in hydraulic fracturing/fracking. People all over the globe are taking action against this extreme energy extraction; in Vermont, we have a moratorium on this practice - though our geology does not have natural gas anyhow. We all are definitely benefiting from this surge in natural gas.
SO, we ask: If NIMBY (Not In My BackYard), then it's time to travel to and learn from those people who do have extreme extraction in their backyards.
As always, we are heading out on the road to uncover and absorb a sense of place!
Oklahoma has so much for us to explore - it sits at the confluence of 3 different cultural and geographic regions in our country. The layers of history of the people and land (it became a state in 1908, assimilating/displacing 5 native american tribes --- the migration from this Dust Bowl --- to the settlement of the ranchlands, praries and oil fields ), the iconic music of Woody Guthrie and JJ Cale setting a tone for today's budding art and music scenes, the overlapping regional accents, bbq styles and flavors, and the cultural climate all are as different from Vermont as we can hope for within our own country!
Join us and learn from the people who passionately call OKLAHOMA home!
BY the end, you'll LOVE the place and people - guaranteed!
Scholarships available, based on need
Shorts From The Trip
Mining the People
Created by McKenna Montminy, People Academy Class of 2017
Too Beautiful to Leave
Created By Maya Fontanez, Lake Champlain Waldorf High School Class of 2017
Brad Wilson: Love is My Religion
Created by George Lomas, Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 2017
Created by Amy Plambeck, Class of 2017 St. Johnsbury Academy
Created by Cyrus Brooks, South Burlington High School class of 2016