Field Notes

observation, research, and development...

smash

Last days at the Field Station–cool quiet weather, printing late season weeds and plants, working on archive issues for the Field Press journal

Summer Ink

Noni sent some images from the Summer Ink group’s ink prints in the Field Guide notebook from midsummer…

Walking Ecologies finally
Boneset ampitheater meadow oriental bittersweet

finally happened!

Cherrie and I led a small group across the park inquiring about plants, their stories, histories, uses, and futures: jewelweed and poison...

morning work

Some last days of foraging for objects to print in the deCordova terrain–weeds, tree leaves, tree fruits, a few flowers…  I’ll be deinstalling in...

Berry ink jubilee

Berry inks:

Pokeberry (Concord roadside)

Elderberry (Sudbury backyard)

Beet (Gaining Ground)

Walking Ecologies redux

Wednesday 4pm meet at the Field Station, walk with Cherrie Corey and I as we observe and learn about the ecosystem of the park. ...

More on EAR1

Here is a beautiful sound piece created by Brack Morrow and the EAR1 remote station at the Field Station last month.  It is primarily...

Energy Exodus

Last weekend, the Field Station marched with about a hundred people through the neighborhoods of Barnstable and down the strip mall byways of Hyannis...

gifts, spruce balls, drawings

Today Elspeth and I spent a bit of time at the Field Station.  Elspeth drew a picture of the Field Station–note the difference in...


  • Field Station late April

    Field Station Concordia overlooking Flint's Pond in its first couple weeks at the deCordova in Lincoln, MA

  • Field Guide 1

    The first Field Guide tells the stories of the 11 trees that are being tracked in the New England Leaf Out Project.

  • Field News

    Broadsides tell stories, observations, data, and news from the field. Printed in inks made at the station from plants in the area.

  • Aerial Balloon Tree Mapping

    A 5' balloon carrying a camera map the interconnections between trees created by families drawing with pink survey tape

  • New England Leaf Out

    New England Leaf Out: Participatory ecology tracking leafing out of trees

  • Field Talks: Richard Primack

    Talks with people from many different disciplines about how we see/frame/represent/engage the landscape as it is changing so quickly and radically today



a platform for data collection, community gathering, citizen science, handmade and digital explorations of plant and animal life, and a conversation full of questions about the vibrancy of matter and our role in the stresses and resiliences of ecosystems



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Balloon mapping at the deCordova

We'll be using balloon photography to map the environment around our field station at the deCordova. Help us draw a web of connections among the trees we're researching. For kids on April vacation and kids of all ages.
When: Thu April 18 2013 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Field Walk with Political Scientist Susan Gallagher, Umass Lowell

meeting at Thoreau Farm in Concord, to walk the grounds of Thoreau's birthplace with scholar and creator of the online site Mapping Thoreau Country to discuss climate change, Adam Smith, social justice and the environment, and Thoreau's activism.
These field walks are not public, but transcripts and excerpts will be available at the Field Station and here online in the weeks after the event.
When: Tue April 30 2013 2:00 PM - Sun April 14 3:30 PM
Where: Thoreau Farm, Concord

Plant Ink Drawing with Birches School Students

walking with the 5-8 year olds from the Birches School in Lincoln from the Field Station to their School a mile or so away, creating drawings of the interconnectedness of objects in their ecosystem using inks made from trees.
When: Wed May 1 2013 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ink from Plants

Learn how to make inks from plants gathered from around the deCordova woods using a solar cooker...
When: Wed May 15 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leaf Printing

Come to the Field Station, make prints of leaves from around the pond, learn about the plants, and map the connections between us, plants, and everything we can think of... Bring paper, brushes, and a hammer if you like...
When: Thu May 30 2013 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Where: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Work Out Opening

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is proud to present its inaugural outdoor exhibition Work Out. Artists have been invited to create alternative, sustainable engagements with the landscape in the Sculpture Park. By straddling the line between functionality and metaphor, these projects ultimately propose art as a prototype for better living. WORK OUT features four new commissions by FutureFarmers, Fritz Haeg, Andi, Sutton, and myself
There are lots of great events as part of each project, including my own.
OPENING: Saturday, June 15th, 2 - 5 PM
2 PM Tour with Curators and Artists
3 - 5 PM Courtyard Gathering

All events that day are open to the public and free with $15 admission for non-museum members. There will be food trucks and other local purveyors. Rain Date: Sunday, June 16, 2 - 5 PM

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA
When: Sat June 15 2013 2:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Walk at Walden with Climate Writer/Activist Wen Stephenson and Jane D. Marsching

Join climate writer/activist Wen Stephenson and me in a walking event that reconsiders the radical politics of Thoreau in our time. Connect observation, environmental awareness, aesthetic action, and social change to the climate crisis now.
When: Thu June 20 2013 1:00 AM - 2:30 AM
Where: meet at Walden Pond parking kiosk, Concord, MA

A Field Guide to Participatory Ecology

What is citizen science, and why does it matter? Join Jane D. Marsching as she observes, gathers data, and records the intertwined strands of human and natural interactions in the Sculpture Park. Make a field guide for recording the changes in your environment and learn about the stresses and resiliencies of local ecosystems.
When: Sat July 13 2013 2:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Where: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Witness/Record/Engage: Walking Ecologies

Join area naturalist Cherrie Corey and myself as we walk deCordova's Sculpture Park to observe, identify, and record the interactions of plants, animals, art, and people.
When: Fri August 9 2013 2:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Where: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

readings for a blind bird

A moment of intersection between two complementary practices, each its own kind of inquiry into how we as artists and citizens come to know our own ecologies.
As a guest to Jane Marsching’s Field Station Concordia, Leemann will read aloud from the most recent season of reading aloud, hairy about the heel: fables for the present. Of interest to both is the possibility of surfacing new understandings of ecology (and new ecologies of understanding) by allowing their practices to briefly collide.
Guests are invited to listen along, and to bring drawing materials or handwork to occupy them as they listen.
Part 1 of a 2 part series.
When: Thu August 15 2013 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: at the Field Station in the Hemlock Grove

Rescheduled Walking Ecologies

Join area naturalist Cherrie Corey and myself as we walk deCordova's Sculpture Park to observe, identify, and record the interactions of plants, animals, art, and people.
When: Wed September 11 2013 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: at the Field Station by the Hemlock Grove