The COVID-19 pandemic which pushed EarthWalk into dormancy, also gave EarthWalk the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day process of running programs and to reflect on how we could restructure the organization for a long and resilient future, further centering values of decolonization, social justice, and regenerative, multi-generational community building. “Project Chrysalis” was a project to help EarthWalk accomplish these goals. 


Project Chrysalis was named after the transformative chrysalis stage of butterflies and moths - a period of dormancy and reforming, after which the insect emerges bigger and more beautiful than before!

Our plans during this process included: rebuilding the Board of Directors, creating a distributed leadership structure for EarthWalk, initiating an assessment process with the community, and working with an indigenous consultant or firm to create practices which reflect the kinds of relationships we want to have with this land N'dakinna, its history, and its people.


Although ultimately, unable to re-emerge, rooted in fifteen years of transformative land-based education, EarthWalk laid a foundations for further decades, inspiring and empowering children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term nature mentoring. EarthWalk's spirit and stories live on in the hearts of hundreds of youth, teens, adults, and elders. Thank you, Angella Gibbons! Thank you, EarthWalk Vermont!