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

Shelters and Snow

Shelters and Snow
by Sarah Chaffee on November 16, 2018

The children of Forest Preschool became snow scientists and the Homeschoolers went back in time!

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Online Auction and Fall Appeal

Online Auction and Fall Appeal
by Jed Jordan on November 16, 2018

If you believe in the transformative power of nature, please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift and or head to our online auction and support us there.

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Learning from Ancestors

Learning from Ancestors
by Sarah Chaffee on November 7, 2018

Forest Preschool and Homeschool both practiced the ancestral skill of shelter-building this week at Primitive Pursuits.

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Dressing for Winter Fun Workshop

Dressing for Winter Fun Workshop
by Megan Pugh on October 30, 2018

Join Primitive Pursuits experts for a one-hour show and tell about dressing for winter play, followed by the short film "Arctic Outdoor Preschool" and a discussion.

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Bow Making Workshop Nov. 9-11

Bow Making Workshop Nov. 9-11
by Megan Pugh on October 1, 2018

Our most sought-after adult weekend workshop - Bow Making is now open for registration! The self-bow is one of the most fascinating pieces of primitive technology. Learn the process of creating your own from tree identification to final product in a single weekend.

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Week V The Summer Fun Continues!

Week V The Summer Fun Continues!
by Noah Winslow on August 3, 2018

Week Five was a pretty rainy one all around but campers made the very best of it and managed to have some excellent adventures!

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Forest Preschool Open House

Forest Preschool Open House
by Megan Pugh on August 3, 2018

Join us at Trillium Camp, 4-H Acres from 9:30AM to 11 on Tuesday, August 14th to experience the place, meet staff, and learn about the program.

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Week IV Summer 2018

Week IV Summer 2018
by Noah Winslow on July 23, 2018

As we get closer to the center of the summer, the adventures continue. Visit the blog to see a few shots and stories from week four of camp.

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Week III Summer Camp 2018

Week III Summer Camp 2018
by Noah Winslow on July 18, 2018

The third week of camp was incredibly varied with campers venturing to the far reaches of 4-H Acres, the Arnot Forest and a variety of wooded locations throughout Tompkins County. Visit the blog to see a selection of photos from the week's adventures!

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Week II Summer 2018

Week II Summer 2018
by Noah Winslow on July 9, 2018

Our second week of summer camp was a resounding success. For the first time ever we took a break in the middle for the 4th of July holiday but there was still plenty of time for fun!

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Rain and Shine at the Acres!

Rain and Shine at the Acres!
by Noah Winslow on July 2, 2018

The first week of summer camp got off to a great start at 4-H Acres. Check out this post to see a few photos of the fun that was had this past week.

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Summer Slideshow Revival

Summer Slideshow Revival
by Megan Pugh on June 23, 2018

With camps starting on Monday and excitement at it's peak, we couldn't help sharing another slideshow of old. Who can you find in this one? Enjoy!

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Summer Staff Training Week

Summer Staff Training Week
by Noah Winslow on June 22, 2018

Arriving bright and early at 4-H Acres this past Monday morning, Primitive Pursuits staff members brushed up on skills they'll hone all Summer-long.

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Scholarship Funds Available

Scholarship Funds Available
by Megan Pugh on June 12, 2018

We generate scholarship funds via our sliding-scale fees on a program-to-program basis. Thanks to your generosity, we have funds available!

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Returning to Our Roots with Arnot Forest

Returning to Our Roots with Arnot Forest
by Zoë Van Nostrand on May 28, 2018

After 15 years of different habitats and locations for our programs, we’ve found a home with enough stability to allow our students to more deeply explore the “wild” than ever before.

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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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Wandering Peregrines

Wandering Peregrines
by Sarah Chaffee on April 9, 2018

This week Forest Preschool learned about peregrine falcons and Homeschool practiced their scouting skills.

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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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