Listening With Deer Ears

Listening With Deer Ears

Listen!  Can you hear it?

The rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the trees.

The tap-tap-tapping of the Pileated Woodpecker's beak on the hollow of a snag. 

The splash of the rain as it falls upon ferns and onto the thirsty ground.  

The melodic explosion of the male Pacific Wren's song.  

The "PEW!" of the Douglas Squirrel letting out a boisterous alarm.  

Loud sounds, soft sounds, and all sounds in between.  With so much going on, how can you possibly take it all in??  

Today I'm feeling called to share about a core routine of nature awareness that we like to practice at forest school. It's called listening with Deer Ears.

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Fire Keepers | Weeks 22 + 23 | Remember Winter? Here comes Spring!

Fire Keepers | Weeks 22 + 23 | Remember Winter? Here comes Spring!

Wow. So would you believe me after all this sunshine if I told is snowed at Fire Keepers two weeks ago? I was there and just looked at the pics and I can still hardly believe it!

What a magical couple of weeks we have had on program.  Two weeks ago, it was a extra cold morning and after playing a high-paced game of Coyote and Badger, we went on a huge adventure to keep our body heat cranked up! It was awesome — we went further then ever before and discover some really neat little nooks, including “Grass Island”, only accessible by walking a log across a frozen waterway.  We found sign of Beaver and Deer amongst Willow and Red-Osier Dogwood that seemed quite ready to shake off the winter. 

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Fire Keepers | Weeks 20 + 21 | Forest Parkour and Fire

We had a super fun few weeks at Fire Keepers... this included new games, forest parkour, lots of fire , popcorn cooked over flames and more.  We received some good lessons about getting wet on a sunny, cold winter day. The kids helped make a special fire to warm up and dry out the friend who slipped and got soaked.  We found Owl Pellets and Coyote Scat and listened to the Barred Owls establishing their mating territory.   With Spring around the corner who knows what Forest Magic waits in hiding for us to discover?!?!