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?!?!

Fire Keepers | Weeks 18 + 19 | Winter Tracking Magic & Snowy Shenanigans

Fire Keepers | Weeks 18 + 19 | Winter Tracking Magic & Snowy Shenanigans

Wow, wow, wow. . .what an awesome couple of weeks we just had with the Fire Keepers!  Snowmaggedon was simply epic!  There are so many highlights to write about, but I think the first one that comes to mind for me is stumbling upon fresh River Otter tracks in the snow.  This otter was loping right around some picnic tables, not too far from our morning drop off spot!  The Fire Keepers followed the otter tracks back towards Heart Home, and although they eventually lost its trail, they then stumbled upon a deer trail, which led to a patch of dirt in the snow, which actually was a deer lay/bed!  There are so many wild creatures that roam Whatcom Falls Park, and following their tracks in the snow is akin to reading the “stories” that they leave behind — it’s such an exciting experience!


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