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November 30, 2017

Today we explored what it's like to use our senses other than sight by playing "Blindfold Caterpillar" and "Nutty Squirrels"!

Most humans rely heavily on sight to move through the world, so taking it away when you aren't used to it can be fun, but also very challenging....

November 27, 2017

We had a fun filled day with our preschoolers today, collecting leaves and pine cones for nature crafts, playing games on the dirt mound, playing "Cougar Stalks Deer", and building "forest castles" in the cedar thicket.

November 21, 2017

Opening Circle

At Opening Circle we shared a gratitude about someone in our lives for whom we are thankful. One of the ways we discussed about showing appreciation for someone is by creating something for that person. Ms. Britt introduced a few wood crafts that we were...

November 21, 2017

Opening Circle

At today's opening circle we shared about a person in our lives that we are thankful for. Some shared about friends, some about family members, and it was very sweet to hear about who is important to everyone, and the reasons why.

Sound Map

After snack we w...

November 19, 2017

Tarp Shelters

We had our first rainy day at Nature Connect! It wasn't too cold, but having a fire felt nice! Our first priorities were getting the tarps set up and collecting wood for fire. It wasn't raining too hard when we first arrived, so we wanted to get camp set u...

November 16, 2017

We had so much fun during our after school program this week collecting leaves and pine cones for nature crafts, and constructing teepee shelters in the forest!

November 12, 2017

We had a small class today, but that didn't dampen our fun! Keeping with the theme for this week, we explored Natural Pigments. Using the items that the Gray Squirrels collected the day before, we decorated our journal covers. We had so much fun crushing chalk as part...

November 9, 2017

One of the great things about Nature Connect is that we learn to love the outdoors, no matter the weather. Despite the cold and rainy conditions we experienced today, we had one participant exclaim at the end of program that this was their favorite day yet! The forest...

November 7, 2017

Natural Pigment Introduction

Today at opening circle, after sharing gratitudes, we talked about how the art of painting first came around, and what materials were first used in its inception. Ancient cave paintings can still be found today, and the native people who cre...

November 2, 2017

At Opening Circle today we shared gratitudes, and then received our very own Nature Journals to use at Nature Connect for the rest of the semester! On the first page of the journals was a scavenger hunt filled with items we could try to find in the park, and use our jo...

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