Let Your Kids Play With Knives

May 28, 2014

Everyone is fascinated with knives. But how can you become a competent adult knife user without first spending time with them as a child? Learn why childhood is actually the best time to learn safe knife use. Follow the 5 Knife-Safety Steps and get your kids outside using knives! Take Risks, Safely: Kids want to [...]

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The Invisible Teacher

May 21, 2014

I want to share a story with you about something I experienced on Monday this week. Some of the students at our Acorn Home School Program had missed class on the day in April when we really focused on fire skills and I wanted to give those kids a chance to practice their fire-making skills [...]

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Making Something From “Nothing”

May 14, 2014

Today I want to share with you a skill that I have been working on with our Acorn Home School Program. Something that I always love is the process of discovering a new skill. The best learning comes from trial and error. It is fantastic to experiment with something to see what works and what [...]

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Guest Blog: Field Research

April 1, 2014

This blog was written by Jackson Darland, a University of Oregon Student. Here he reports on a field research project that he completed for a childhood development course focusing on a Whole Earth Nature School program. When I was assigned to conduct a field research project this winter I hoped to study an educational program [...]

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Field Report: Tracking the Oregon Dunes

March 12, 2014

It was written right there in the sand, “I just saw a coyote running!”. That would explain the abrupt change in direction. We had been trailing one of our instructors through the dune landscape as he tried to evade us. Yet he had just let himself be seen in plain view headed in a totally [...]

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Playing With Plants

February 20, 2014

It may be February on the calendar but here in the Willamette Valley spring doesn’t wait. I have recently seen a plethora of plant life starting to push up through the soil and burst from leaf buds. The osoberry bushes are blooming, the miner’s lettuce is popping up, the daffodils are getting ready to burst [...]

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Early Registration Discounts for Summer Camps

January 26, 2014

It may be chilly outside but now is the time to be thinking about planning for Summer Nature Camps. This year we have added some awesome new options including the Teen Tracking and Survival Expedition, Grimm Fairy Tales, and a special family camp Nature Safety and Survival. Early registration discounts are available until the end [...]

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