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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  Albert Einstein

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!
by Sarah Chaffee on April 24, 2018

Forest Preschool and Homeschool began their Spring session at Primitive Pursuits!

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Advanced Wilderness Skills Course Begins April 27th

Advanced Wilderness Skills Course Begins April 27th
by Megan Pugh on April 12, 2018

Take your wilderness skills to the next level while you continue connecting more deeply to the sleeping nature-human within you! You’ll add to your tool bag of self-crafted nature bling and explore some of the more skill-intensive challenges that the great outdoors has to offer. Springtime foods and activities are a special focus of this season.

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Equinox Celebrations

Equinox Celebrations
by Sarah Chaffee on April 1, 2018

A visit from the Equinox Spirit, the first ever Primitive Olympics and a day at Roy H. Park Preserve- Primitive Pursuits' programs sure had an adventure-filled last week of the winter session.

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Willow Basket Workshop April 7-8!

Willow Basket Workshop April 7-8!
by Megan Pugh on March 29, 2018

We will begin by wandering the creeks and floodplains harvesting willow shoots to work with. Once we harvest our materials we will begin preparing them to weave. Students will be able to weave a medium to large willow basket that will be complete by the end of the workshop.

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Pancake Breakfast!

Pancake Breakfast!
by Primitive Pursuits on March 28, 2018

Come join us at the beautiful Arnot Forest on Sunday, March 25, 9am-noon, to get a jump start on Spring Break as your friends from Primitive Pursuits cook up a tasty breakfast just for you in the Lodge.

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Gifts from Coyote

Gifts from Coyote
by Sarah Chaffee on March 21, 2018

Forest Preschool had a visit from Coyote, Homeschool made pancakes and the Winter Explorers discovered what happens when you put eggs under hot coals- all of this made for an exciting week at Primitive Pursuits!

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Sap is Flowing

Sap is Flowing
by Sarah Chaffee on March 16, 2018

Forest Preschool ate maple syrup snow cones, Homeschool made a mud slide and the Winter Explorers played an epic game of Capture the Flag.

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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring
by Sarah Chaffee on March 6, 2018

This week signs of spring were all around Forest Preschool, Homeschool and Winter Explorers!

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Snow Days

Snow Days
by Sarah Chaffee on February 20, 2018

Our Preschool and Homeschool students have been thoroughly enjoying the snow! Check out a few fun images from our days in the snow.

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Getting Ready for Summer!

Getting Ready for Summer!
by Megan Pugh on February 14, 2018

Summer Camp enrollment is in full swing at primitivepursuits.com/catalog. Why wait? Find the perfect camp today and have something awesome to look forward to.

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Coyote and Deer

Coyote and Deer
by Sarah Chaffee on February 7, 2018

Forest Preschool learned about white-tailed deer and beech trees, Homeschool had a game-a-thon, Winter Explorers went tracking and all played Coyote and Deer!

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Lessons Learned from Tree Weaving

Lessons Learned from Tree Weaving
by Zoë Van Nostrand on January 31, 2018

I felt a soft but palpable magic each time our many hammers would somehow come into sync. Each thunk of my hammer hitting the log at the same time as those around me.

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NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER

NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER
by Megan Pugh on January 30, 2018

With an exceptional core of seasoned year-round staff, low instructor to student ratios and a supportive environment, a job with Primitive Pursuits offers many opportunities to grow and master valuable skills.

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ITHACA FOREST PRESCHOOL - Open House!

ITHACA FOREST PRESCHOOL - Open House!
by Megan Pugh on January 30, 2018

Saturday, March 18th from 10AM - Noon will be our annual Spring open house at Trillium Camp, 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Rd, Ithaca. Please bring water and snacks and clothing that can get wet, dirty or muddy. A change of clothes is always a good idea too!

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Tapping Trees

Tapping Trees
by Sarah Chaffee on January 28, 2018

This week Forest Preschool drank sap from sugar maples, Homeschool searched for the mysterious Crow Spirit and the Winter Explorers did what they do best- explore!

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Let's Go Tracking!

Let's Go Tracking!
by Sarah Chaffee on January 24, 2018

Forest Preschool created an animal track log, Homeschool completed a scavenger hunt and the Winter Explorers saw a red fox!

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Welcoming Winter

Welcoming Winter
by Sarah Chaffee on January 16, 2018

Forest Preschool, Homeschool and the Winter Explorers enjoyed a week of tracking, fire-building and sharing stories from their holiday break.

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Preschool Forest Play Day, January 15th

Preschool Forest Play Day, January 15th
by Megan Pugh on January 1, 2018

Parents and children birth to age five are invited to join the Ithaca Forest Preschool for a day of stories, stalking, wild tea making & sipping and more as we find our place in the woods at our beloved Trillium Camp at 4-H Acres.

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Two Fire & Ice Days Coming Up!

Two Fire & Ice Days Coming Up!
by Megan Pugh on December 20, 2017

Run, Play, Laugh and explore skills to last a lifetime—shelter, water, fire and food! We’ll practice fire skills, make wild tea, follow tracks, play games, cook food over beds of red hot coals and so much more!

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Why Nature Access for All?

Why Nature Access for All?
by Jed Jordan on December 19, 2017

Our Director of Marketing, Megan Pugh was recently interviewed on Public radio. Take a moment to listen to a bit about our history and why we feel our mission is so important to the future of our community!

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Hello Snow!

Hello Snow!
by Sarah Chaffee on December 17, 2017

This week Forest Preschool and Homeschool welcomed the arrival of snow and all of the fun activities it brings.

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Keepers of the Hearth

Keepers of the Hearth
by Sarah Chaffee on December 8, 2017

Brrrr...it's getting cold outside! Good thing we have some excellent fire builders in both preschool and homeschool!

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