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If I Were a Tree

If I were a tree, just for the day,

Would my perspective change on what humans say?

Mankind states nature is wild and free,

But is that what I would discover and what I would see?

I would find root systems that communicate things,

And perhaps observe people as the wild beings.

I’d witness them breathing in what I breathe out,

And know we were connected without any doubt.

I’d notice nature living in complete harmony,

While plenty…

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Added by Susanne Heaton on April 22, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Skunk Cabbage, it's here!

I

love I love skunk cabbage. It is one of my favorite signs of spring. As a child, I would carefully navigate the edge of brooks and swamps, making sure not to step on skunk cabbage plants. It was fun to be a bit scared of the potential stink, though the fear of the smell was worse than the smell itself.

Each year, as the light changes and the air warms, I…

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Added by Ann Courcy on April 18, 2016 at 2:13pm — No Comments

K-12 Outdoor Education in Tillamook Oregon: a model for the nation

Check out this tremendous program from a small coastal town in Oregon. You will be blown away.

Added by Rex Burkholder on March 4, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Oregon group seeks to fully fund Outdoor School for All Oregon students

One page fact sheet on Outdoor School for AllNEWS RELEASE Contact: Darcie Meihoff, on behalf of Outdoor School for All, 971-998-3782 or darciepdx@gmail.com…

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Added by Rex Burkholder on March 4, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments

What We're Doing in the Woods After School

North Branch Trekkers is an outdoor based after school program for children in grades 4 through 8.  It is run out of the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT and meets every Thursday, throughout the school year… really, it is me and a bunch of kids goofing off in the woods.  But that goofing off is important and when done in a thoughtful…

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Added by Ken Benton on February 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Shadow Time at our Preschool....

It was one of those wonderful accidents...after making a winter collage to hang in our window, we noticed the shadows of birds at our feeder.  

We decided to replace the…

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Added by Melissa Ryan on February 9, 2016 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Teacher Development Conference set to Re-Inspire Classrooms across the Colorado Plateau

PLATEAU Conference – STEAMING Across the Plateau

March 5 – 6

Canyon Country Discovery Center

Monticello, UT

 

Four Corners School of Outdoor Education presents the annual PLATEAU Conference, providing teachers working in schools across the…

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Added by Lyndie Bradshaw on January 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

STEM Investigations for Sustainable Schools - FREE!

Registration is now open for STEM Investigations for Sustainable Schools: Those wishing to obtain graduate credit from Lebanon Valley College can participate in the hybrid course which includes online coursework and a Saturday field workshop. Educators and Community members are welcome to attend the Saturday field workshops for free or receive Act 48 hours for a small registration fee. Sign up for one session…

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Added by Kim Tesoriero on January 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - December

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - December 2015

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 

December in the forest was dark and foggy. We had several of the coldest days so far, with temperatures in the low 30’s (Fahrenheit). Our teachers had to work diligently to make sure the children stayed warm. We also kept open communication with the parents about what clothing was working and what was not. Because children this age (2-5 years old) are so tactile, they kept wanting to take off…

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Added by Erin Kenny on January 3, 2016 at 11:44am — No Comments

Learning to Read in Nature

https://youtu.be/e_2xZm3wM-g

Added by Deanna Fahey on January 1, 2016 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Learning About Air and Water Flow

https://youtu.be/4OtKLtPDMAE

Added by Deanna Fahey on December 6, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Capillary Action and Needle Ice

https://youtu.be/XAIfCXSAwMc

Added by Deanna Fahey on December 1, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Learning at a Dairy Farm

https://youtu.be/DI1kuraW7To

Added by Deanna Fahey on November 29, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - October

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - October 2015

Compiled from our daily nature journal entries throughout each month to document the learning

 

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 Although we had more rain this month, the temperatures stayed quite warm resulting in an explosion of mushrooms in the forest. The children were genuinely excited each time they discovered a mushroom and of course our teachers modeled their own authentic wonder and curiosity too. We…

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Added by Erin Kenny on November 24, 2015 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - September

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - September 2015

Compiled from our daily nature journal entries throughout each month to document the learning

By Erin Kenny ©2015

The weather this month has been warm enough for many of the kids to strip off most of their layers including their footwear. It was only towards the end of the month that we began to notice signs of autumn. When we asked the kids how they knew the season had changed, they responded…

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Added by Erin Kenny on November 24, 2015 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Children and Nature contributed to my Healing

I apologize that I have been so delinquent on my Blog posts. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last May and, after surgery, underwent 6 months of chemotherapy. I am finally finished with the chemo and it was grueling but the prognosis looks really good.

Now, I am back out in the forest with the forest kindergarten kids and it is supporting my healing immensely. Being in nature is profoundly therapeutic for me; and, I believe, for all humans. The slower pace of nature, the natural…

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Added by Erin Kenny on November 24, 2015 at 6:16pm — No Comments

A Day at a Dairy Farm

https://youtu.be/0-HKkNao-NE

Added by Deanna Fahey on November 24, 2015 at 1:43pm — No Comments

A Day at a Dairy Farm

https://youtu.be/0-HKkNao-NE

Added by Deanna Fahey on November 24, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Play Dough In Nature

https://youtu.be/1GG-U-X5xvA

Added by Deanna Fahey on November 16, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Natural Manipulative's for Learning

https://youtu.be/dYM_ELLQ35o

Added by Deanna Fahey on November 13, 2015 at 7:57am — No Comments

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