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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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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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Children and Nature: The Forest

Nature Deficit Disorder.  Leave No Child Inside.  De-natured Childhood. Biophilia vs. biophobia.  What reaction do you have from these phrases and slogans? I know that children (and adults) are spending less time outside.  Headlines regularly proclaim increasing hours screen time … Continue reading

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