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

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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Gratitude for the Sparks Flying

Gratitude for the Sparks Flying
by Megan Pugh on November 20, 2017

We get lots of wonderful messages from people affected by Primitive Pursuits and from the recipients of over 100 scholarships we make available each year. We want to share one example here with permission.

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Primitive Projects

Primitive Projects
by Sarah Chaffee on November 20, 2017

Forest Preschool began two new projects while Homeschool finished the projects they started with their guilds.

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Cooking with Pumpkins

Cooking with Pumpkins
by Sarah Chaffee on November 12, 2017

Forest Preschool discovered pumpkins hidden in the woods of 4-H Acres and used them for several cooking projects.

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Warm Soup, Warm Hearts

Warm Soup, Warm Hearts
by Sarah Chaffee on November 5, 2017

This week Forest Preschool welcomed two new instructors and Homeschool made some delicious food!

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Honoring Ancestors

Honoring Ancestors
by Sarah Chaffee on October 26, 2017

This week Forest Preschool shared stories, songs and gratitude for their ancestors, while Homeschool had another fun day with their guilds.

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Shelters and Stories

Shelters and Stories
by Sarah Chaffee on October 21, 2017

Shelters, stories and fire were themes this week in both Forest Preschool and Homeschool!

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Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering
by Sarah Chaffee on October 13, 2017

This week the preschoolers became "hunters" and homeschoolers continued to work on their guild projects.

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We're Hiring!

We're Hiring!
by Megan Pugh on October 12, 2017

We are always seeking gregarious, enterprising individuals to join us! Could you be next?

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The Start of Forest Preschool and Homeschool!

The Start of Forest Preschool and Homeschool!
by Sarah Chaffee on September 22, 2017

The forests of 4-H were alive this week with the sounds of laughter, songs and storytelling as Forest Preschool began their second week and Homeschool their first. There was lots of harvesting, archery and fire!

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Fall Nature Reset

Fall Nature Reset
by Megan Pugh on September 6, 2017

A playful return and re-atunement to nature in the Arnot forest through yoga, nature games and awareness skills.

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Week Ten of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Ten of Summer Camp 2017!
by Megan Pugh on September 4, 2017

With a definite chill in the air Ravens, Archers, Gatherers, Travelers, Base Camper and Growing Wilders alike sunk in to a week of wild adventure!

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Thank You for an Amazing Summer!

Thank You for an Amazing Summer!
by Megan Pugh on September 4, 2017

Thank you to all of the amazing staff, parents, and kids that made another magical summer in the woods possible. Enjoy this slideshow of images captured by our Photo Journalist Intern Sarah Chafee and Barbara Ann Jordan.

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Week Nine of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Nine of Summer Camp 2017!
by Sarah Chaffee on August 26, 2017

Our ninth week of summer camp was filled with face painting, hula hooping, bow making, storytelling and lots of adventure-having!

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Week Eight of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Eight of Summer Camp 2017!
by Sarah Chaffee on August 20, 2017

This week our campers explored the Finger Lakes National Forest, made some beautiful crafts, harvested some delicious fruit and had tons of adventures!

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Week Seven of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Seven of Summer Camp 2017!
by Sarah Chaffee on August 12, 2017

This week the forests were filled with skillful scouts, hardworking bow-makers, hidden trail explorers and adventurous archers!

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Week Six of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Six of Summer Camp 2017!
by Sarah Chaffee on August 5, 2017

This week campers enjoyed making and eating delicious food at Primitive Cafe, having their archery skills tested and embarking on epic scavenger hunts that led to exciting surprises!

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Week Five of Summer Camp 2017!

Week Five of Summer Camp 2017!
by Sarah Chaffee on July 29, 2017

This week our adventurous campers explored hidden trails, became skills archers, completed secret scouting missions and played some epic games of Capture the Flag!

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