Tag Archives: trees

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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A Woodlands Playground

Who needs a playground when there are trees, stumps, logs, and sticks to play with?  Balance beams, teeter totters, seats, boundaries, or building blocks – the sky is the limit! Check out some simple and some ingenious ways to turn … Continue reading

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A Short and Sweet Week of Sugaring with Students

I learned an incredible amount from coordinating The Somerville Maple Syrup Project, but in the end, too many of the lessons were about testing my limits and endurance.  This year, however, I was thrilled to be in Vermont and be … Continue reading

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Foliage Games and Activities

Why do leaves change color?  Why do leaves fall from the trees in the fall? These questions are common for those working or playing outside with inquisitive young people.  Every fall, I make sure to address these questions in a … Continue reading

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The Place Where I Live: Foliage

Our first frost this morning will push our valley into peak color.  Last year I posted Vermont foliage pictures with a twinge of nostalgia – they had been emailed to me by my dad.  I was living in the city. … 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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