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In Appreciation of Forests

This past weekend I took some time to browse through past blog entries.  I noticed certain seasonal rituals and appreciations repeat themselves year after year.  Every fall, right about now, I renew my love of the forest and trees. As … Continue reading

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Fall in the Forest

This past weekend I took some time to browse through past blog entries.  I noticed certain seasonal rituals and appreciations repeat themselves year after year.  Every fall, right about now, I renew my love of the forest and trees. As … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Woodlands Clubhouse

Engaging a small mixed-age group after school can certainly be a challenge.  Things are sailing much smoother, however, since the founding of the Woodlands Clubhouse.  After snack I take the grade schoolers out to the forest, leaving the little ones … Continue reading

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Ticks and Outdoor Play

For me, this picture highlights the inner peace and comfort I find when spending time in the forest or resting against the mighty solidity of a tree trunk.  For some, however, an image like this now inspires concerning thoughts about … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox Photo Update

With the spring equinox came one last beautiful snow storm.  One last snow day.  One last chance to set up an after school snowball zone.  One last sled down the hill.  One last wintery walk in the woods.  We’re now … Continue reading

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Campfires with Kids

This winter has renewed my appreciation for a good campfire.  When spending long periods of time outside in the cold, there’s nothing more rewarding than learning to build a fire.  Though some adults might hesitate to have their kids learn … Continue reading

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Forts and Fairy Houses

“Can we go into the forest today?!  PLeeeaaaaassssee?” In just one month’s time, the vast majority of our group prefers forest time to time spent on the playground, blacktop, soccer field, or gym.  When asked why, here’s what some students … Continue reading

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