The following essay is from the Introduction to Dig Your Hands in the Dirt:
Art is many things, but here what I mean by “art” is that kind of experience by which humans learn.
Working with mud, sand, and straw is a way to teach geology, engineering, physics, history, drawing, composition, and design. It is also a way to teach social skills, like cooperation. But more important than just what it teaches is how it teaches:
Jon Young is a wilderness educator who takes kids into the woods, and teaches them to identify and track wildlife, among other things.…