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Youth Education

Rooted Wisdom: Nature's Role in the Underground Railroad

In this inspiring program, students will explore the role of nature in the Underground Railroad, specifically as it relates to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They’ll learn how local freedom seekers provided food for their families, including native edible plants. They’ll conduct an experiment to determine whether moss growth aided navigation, use their natural environment for camouflage and shelter, and discover the perils and advantages of seeking refuge in swamps. Activities are reinforced with firsthand accounts from Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Lucy Delaney, John Brown, and many others. (NGSS LS1-1, ESS2-2 and MSDE Standards for Social Studies 5C4a–c; 6D1c.)