Fire Keepers | Weeks 4 & 5 | Nettle, Knotweed and Nary a Cloud in the Sky

Fire Keepers | Weeks 4 & 5 | Nettle, Knotweed and Nary a Cloud in the Sky

The sun has been an everyday presence around here for the last few weeks and it sure makes it hard to spend anytime inside on the computer.  We have been taking full advantage of this at Fire Keepers and really had some fun, exciting weeks out on the land. On our adventures, we harvested Stinging Nettle for cordage, discovered a magical world of 10 foot tall invasive Japanese Knotweed, ID’d mushrooms, snuggled salamanders and invented an obstacle course out of huge fallen trees!

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Fox Walkers | Weeks 4 & 5 | Cougar Awareness & Indigenous People's Day

Fox Walkers | Weeks 4 & 5 | Cougar Awareness & Indigenous People's Day

The Fox Walkers have been busy soaking up the autumn sunshine and exploring all of the magical wonders of fall over the past couple of weeks!

During week 4 of class, our story and puppet show was about Moon Bird and Running Deer’s encounter with Mr. Big Cat, who taught them that they should never ever run from a cougar!  Moon Bird and Running Deer learned that instead of running they should make themselves look big, look the cougar in the eye and back away slowly.  This story inspired the Fox Walkers to practice their “Cougar safety” stance/walk several times throughout the course of our forest adventures.  It also inspired the Fox Walkers to pay attention to bird language, as the birds will let us know through their postures and alarm calls if there is a predator such as a cougar in the area. . . .

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Fox Walkers | Week 2 & 3 | Autumn Fun & Elderberry Magic

Fox Walkers | Week 2 & 3 | Autumn Fun & Elderberry Magic

We’ve been having a magical couple of weeks at Fox Walkers…. full of learning, growing and fun!


The children are starting to get to know the rhythm of our days together, and it’s sweet to witness them come alive as we play our morning games, work on various projects, shape-shift into wild creatures during our morning movement circle, sing various transition songs throughout the day, and embrace the mysteries and teachings of the forest on our adventures. . .

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