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April 12, 2018

As we entered the park today, we spent some time by the pond talking to the birds. We practiced our bird calls, and even saw a duck with her ducklings.

 Once we entered the sandy area, we played some of our favorite games including "Fire in the Forest," and a new o...

April 5, 2018

 What an amazing day! It started out like any other, with gratitudes and a hike. But while we were sitting along the edge of a pond making fairy stick boats, Sadie noticed a bird sitting in a tree on the other side of the pond. While we were watching it, discussing col...

March 22, 2018

 Two of our friends received super cool survival bracelets for Christmas and Sadie brought hers to program and we all got to practice making a spark with her flint and steel striker! Thank you for sharing with everyone, Sadie! Almost all of us were able to make a spark...

March 16, 2018

Our small group today was excited to build small structures for our fairy gnome friends! Opening circle began in the gazebo meeting area, where we built our first structures. We used pine cones, bark, and pine straw to create interesting structures.

Some of our material...

March 9, 2018

 Its amazing how much fun and exploration we can pack into two hours at the after school program! This week we used all of the mapping skills we have been playing with to create scavenger hunts! We split up into two groups and  led each other on a wander through the pa...

March 2, 2018

The land feels so different when it is as windy and blustery as it was today. Sounds are different, the trees look different and even the smells are changed by the wind. 

 We made sure to look up frequently to keep an eye out for dead branches that might break loos...

February 23, 2018

What a gorgeous day! The sun was warm and shining, the birds were singing and baby turtles were out! 

After our opening circle, we headed out on a wander and didn't get very far before finding a mysterious bottle with a message inside! It was from the Wood Gnomes and ha...

February 15, 2018

The fireflies were so excited to be outside in such wonderful weather! After opening circle and sharing gratitudes, we wandered into the park, and stopped at a small pond we found along the way. There we practiced our boat building skills. We found that, given the righ...

February 8, 2018

It was so nice to have a warm evening for our program! The clouds cleared up and the sky was lit up with beautiful sunset colors. 

We started our afternoon with gratitudes and a sit spot by the bird feeders at the entrance to the park. We lost count of how many birds we...

February 1, 2018

We had such lovely warm weather this week after the chilly, chilly evening last week! Also, our whole class was present, so we really got a chance to get to know each other as a community. We enjoyed an afternoon of getting into our bodies and exploring how animals mov...

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