Fire Keepers | Weeks 30 + 31 | Respect, Agreements, Scouting & Adventure.

Fire Keepers | Weeks 30 + 31 | Respect, Agreements, Scouting & Adventure.

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.

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Fire Keepers | Weeks 26 + 27 | Rainy Day Fire Fun, Plant ID & Fritters!

Fire Keepers | Weeks 26 + 27 | Rainy Day Fire Fun, Plant ID & Fritters!

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.  . .

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Fire Keepers | Week 1 | Adventuring & Awareness Games

Fire Keepers | Week 1 | Adventuring & Awareness Games

Last Wednesday we kicked off our first class of Fire Keepers, our homeschool enrichment program for children ages 7-12.  

Pat and I are so excited to work with this group of students, and they all seemed equally excited to be there as well!  We started off our morning together by roasting food over the fire, examining the variety of animal skulls and other natural items that we had on display as our “nature museum”, and playing an invigorating game of Otter Steals Fish— an awareness game that offers an opportunity to practice using “Owl Eyes”.

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