The energy of spring is big and boisterous, and we humans often find ourselves mirroring that vibrancy and spiritedness this time of year. As the sword fern’s fresh fronds unfurl and burst into bright green beauty, as the baby juncos fledge their nests, and as the fawn starts to venture a bit further away from its doe, the human children also seem to be having their own little spurts of growth and overflowing effervescence going on right now. With all of this tenderness, exuberance, and new growth, it’s even more important that we tread lightly upon the earth and be mindful of one another these days. In that same vein, spring is a good time to revisit the concept of respect and compassion for nature, for each other, and for ourselves.Read More
Weeks 28 and 29? It feels like we are just getting started, but we are coming to the conclusion of the school year in just a handful of weeks. This is such a fun time of the year as everyone feels comfortable in the group and a really strong connection to our favorites places. The energy of the forest and the children is generally cranked up to 11 so we have been playing a lot of games to help burn it off! The last two weeks have been beautiful and full of Bird Activity and explosions of green as the world of plants awakens once again to blanket seemingly every inch of the northwest life and color.Read More
Wow, can you believe that we’ve only got 7 weeks of forest school left?! The Fire Keepers have been real busy this Spring. . .
Week 26 brought us what seemed like the rainiest, wettest Wednesday of the entire school year! So Pat and I decided to take that opportunity to give the Fire Keepers a rainy-day fire challenge! And challenging it was! We split the Fire Keepers up into two groups, and each worked on getting their own group fire going. They had to collect their own materials and build a structure in their own grill. When they were ready, each group selected a member to light the match and see if their structure was a success. . .Read More