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December 21, 2017

We started our last day of the year with a gratitude circle where we each said something we appreciate about the person sitting to the right of us in the circle. We've had so much fun getting to know each other this semester, and it was very sweet hearing these gratitu...

December 21, 2017

 Where are the Tadpoles? Playing Eagle Eye!

We spent our last day of the semester exploring a new part of the woods! We couldn't believe how tall the grass was!

We kept expecting to see a deer around every corner! 

It was a little too warm for a fire, so we made a pr...

December 20, 2017

Even though it took our clay creations a few extra weeks to dry out, we were excited to see if they survived the fire! 

The first step was making a thick layer of leaves on the bottom of the fire pan and laying our clay creations on top. 

Then we carefully...

December 14, 2017

Today was a gorgeous day for our last fall program. Ms. Kathryn joined us, who will be taking over the program during Ms. Britt's maternity leave in the spring. The kids were excited to meet her, and wanted to start the day off showing her the teepee shelter in the pin...

December 14, 2017

Today was a glorious winter day that we started with a "Deer Bounding Challenge" which was lots of fun for all. To play this game, we start with just one backpack that everyone takes turns leaping over, and continue to add more backpacks after each round, making the pi...

December 14, 2017

BRRRRRrrrr! We had our first day that really felt like December! With temperatures in the 30s we had a merry blaze in the fire pan all morning. After our fingers warmed up, we experimented with string and knots when we made this forest web.

The Tadpoles had so much fun...

December 13, 2017

 What a gorgeous day in the woods! The morning

started out brisk, but warmed up to a fun afternoon with crafts, fire and testing our edges with a challenge called "Meet a Tree".

Participants are led to a tree blindfolded. After they have some time to get to kno...

December 11, 2017

Today was quite rainy and bit on the chilly side, but our brave participants came prepared with extra layers and rain gear, so the weather didn't slow us down!

After wandering to the Sand Pit we got our blood moving with a game of "Fox Tails" - which involved lots of ru...

December 11, 2017

Today was rainy and on the chilly side, but that didn't slow us down. Everyone was prepared with extra layers and rain gear, and we warmed up quickly with several rounds of "Fire in the Forest" to get our blood moving. We also put up tarp shelters for rain protection,...

December 7, 2017

What a beautiful Fall Day! There were so many leaves falling that it it sounded like the trees making music all day. We had lots of fun with blindfolds today playing "Blindfold Caterpillar" and "Nutty Squirrels" - both games that challenged us to use our other senses,...

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