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

Winter Session Begins

Winter Session Begins
by Zak Kozlowski on January 13, 2017

Tracks and Trails is our Winter home-school program at 4-H acres. We are excited to continue the fun that we had in the Fall, while sharing new experiences together in the Winter landscape.

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Adult Program Visit Days

Adult Program Visit Days
by Megan Pugh on January 1, 2017

Curious about Wilderness Year or the Skills Intensive? We've scheduled four no-cost options for checking out programs, schedule today!

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
by Megan Pugh on January 1, 2017

Primitive Pursuits, it's not just for kids! Join us in the New Year for a weekend workshop, 16-Friday Skills Intensive or a whole year!

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Just 3 Days Left in Our Annual Campaign

Just 3 Days Left in Our Annual Campaign
by Megan Pugh on December 28, 2016

In addition to nature programming bolstering the health and well being of the youth we serve, find out why Sean Cornell thinks our programming is at the cutting edge of nature conservation.

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Meet Primitive Pursuits sponsor Joe Nolan!

Meet Primitive Pursuits sponsor Joe Nolan!
by Megan Pugh on December 20, 2016

As we like to say on our sponsor page, our supporters are very special people. Joe Nolan, owner of Home Green Home and wonderful Primitive Pursuits sponsor took a moment out of his busy day to tell us why supporting the Primitive Pursuits mission is important to him.

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Wilderness Year: Honoring Vulnerability

Wilderness Year: Honoring Vulnerability
by Alex Van Nostrand on December 19, 2016

The intentions for our November overnight at primitive camp were to sleep in debris shelters without sleeping bags, practice natural navigation over several miles while carrying burning coals, and to reflect on our experiences around sacred fires held by elders in the community.

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Potluck Celebrations Fall 2016

Potluck Celebrations Fall 2016
by Zak Kozlowski on December 16, 2016

Our Fall's Homeschool Celebration was unique as ever. This season, the kids were so passionate about acting and theater, that we put on 3 plays for the parents after the meal. Acting out stories and forest life was a daily ritual, so this was a good look at our session.

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Post-Thanksgiving Stories . .

Post-Thanksgiving Stories . .
by Zak Kozlowski on December 1, 2016

We missed the snow at our homeschool and preschool programs but we came up with many ways to have fun at 4-H Acres and West Hill this week.

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Ensuring Our Future

Ensuring Our Future
by John Chilkotowsky on November 27, 2016

Please consider joining our annual campaign to ensure nature access for all! With your help last year we provided scholarships to 98 families and elivered 2,102 hours of 100% free programming to underserved youth through local partnerships

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November Days Part II

November Days Part II
by Zak Kozlowski on November 21, 2016

Our November Homeschool and Preschool Days continue with cooking, acting and more creative, exploratory, outdoor adventures!

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November Days Part I

November Days Part I
by Zak Kozlowski on November 14, 2016

Excursions, gratitudes and a trip down the river with Tuesday/Thursday Homeschool and Ithaca Forest Preschool.

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Stories of Fall Continue...

Stories of Fall Continue...
by Zak Kozlowski on October 31, 2016

Forest preschoolers worked together to collect baskets of colored leaves and then put them in a pattern to create a beautiful heart...

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We Are Grateful

We Are Grateful
by Alex Van Nostrand on October 26, 2016

The abundance of Arnot Forest in autumnal transition has been incredible for the commencement of Wilderness Year.

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Acupuncture Fundraiser

Acupuncture Fundraiser
by Megan Pugh on September 28, 2016

Sunday, October 9th from 10-2 Ithaca Community Acupuncture (ICA) will host it's second acupuncture fundraiser for us!

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Are We Living With the Earth? - From the Archives

Are We Living With the Earth? - From the Archives
by Zoë Van Nostrand on September 28, 2016

We worked throughout the day, building structures out of sticks and loading leaves on top for insulation and protection from the elements. How gracious were the trees to give up their leaves so that I may use them for myself. What did I do to deserve this gift and how can I repay it?

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Inner Tracking - From the Archives

Inner Tracking - From the Archives
by Jed Jordan on September 15, 2016

We were asked to work the stone into an emblem of our time in the program, who we were in the program, as well as what we wanted to take away with us.

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