BARBARA KEARNS: Welcome to Class and Watch Out for the Deer

BARBARA KEARNS

A gaggle of fifth- and sixth-graders trailing her, Barbara Kearns stops on her cross-country skis, shushes the children's squeals, and muses, "Listen to the stillness. It's so quiet, but nature is moving all around us." The kids reflect on her words for two seconds before pushing one another over in yelping heaps of skis and poles. Kearns, an elfin woman with twinkly eyes, smiles at the antics and pushes ahead into the thickening snow blurring the Adirondack wilderness ahead. She's leading her students on an overnight field trip to discover the beauty and history of this mountain range in upstate New...

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