Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Fairhaven | Fox Walker Formed Forest Salve

Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Fairhaven | Fox Walker Formed Forest Salve

Just like that we are halfway through the school year! Time flies when you are having fun, and it hardly rains if you are mostly outside.  It has been great to see our number swell a little and a lot of sweet bonds form between the children and special places in the forest that we have interacted with in different seasons and all kinds of weather.  There are some deep connections forming and if you have the time someday soon, have your little Fox Walker lead you on an adventure to a favorite place in the forest.  I know some of you have done this already and it warms my heart to hear the stories.

This week we wrapped up our immersion in the tree world with a week focused on the beautiful and healing Black Cottonwood.  

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Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Whatcom | Forest Salve & Lots of Bird Activity!

Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Whatcom | Forest Salve & Lots of Bird Activity!

Last Friday we wrapped up our Tree ID curriculum block with an exploration of Cottonwood, the tree whose heart-shaped leaves inspired the name of our shelter, Heart Home!

We spent some time on Friday making an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving salve using oil that’s been infused with the resin from the buds of the Cottonwood tree.  This resin contains salicin, a compound that has been proven to reduce inflammation and ease pain.  .  .

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Week 16 | Fox Walkers at Fairhaven | Maple Madness

Week 16 | Fox Walkers at Fairhaven | Maple Madness

Our immersion into the world of tree identification continued last week as we explored the beautiful Big Leaf Maple!

Our story was about Moon Bird and Running Deer’s attempt to make Maple syrup to enjoy with their Cattail pancakes.  First they tried making syrup with the pitch of a Douglas Fir tree, but they were left with a gooey, gluey tar-like mess!  Luckily Douglina the Squirrel came along and taught them about Big Leaf Maple and how to make delicious syrup using the sap of the tree!

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