Fun in the Forest

We’re a family under one sky.

We are people, and animals,

flowers and birds that fly!

"We're a family, under one sky."

“We’re a family, under one sky.”

Through the exploration of the elements of earth, air, water and fire, we discovered that the spirit of the forest was all around us in the beautiful forest at Shope Creek, part of the Pisgah National Forest.   Thirteen sweet children joined us for a week of “Fun in the Forest”.

creekWith the help of Green Works, we explored the creek waters with kick nets and found lots of little macroinvertebrates.  We also learned some fun songs to help us remember the difference between stoneflies and mayflies.

 

On our daily hikes, we met many plant friends.  We learned how plantain can help usplants if we’re stung by an insect.  We enjoyed munching on the lemony leaves of wood sorrel, and we were always on the look out for Sister Poison Ivy.

Our exploration of the earth revealed the life living in the soil and on the trees.  We were always very excited to discover the aliveness snail
slugsof the forest.   We found slugs and snails.  Saw lots of beautiful butterflies!  And even a walking stick!  Though we walked on our giant paws like a “big black bear”, thankfully, we did not see any of our large four legged friends!

During the week, the children worked together to create their own lean-to fort.  We also made lots of fun crafts.  Sit upons to keep us dry, mobiles made from nature, mud paintings, and our own bark boats, which we sailed together down the creek.  Our week ended with roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire!

We have another camp coming up soon!  There are still a few spots available in our Summertime in the Garden Camp (August 11-15).  If you are interested, please leave a comment on our contact page.

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