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

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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Six FREE Forest Play Days!

Six FREE Forest Play Days!
by Megan Pugh on September 13, 2016

We invite children from birth through age 5 to join us with a parent or adult care-giver for spontaneous play, exploration of the creek, and moments of wonder around the fire on selected mornings during the year.

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Seeing Critters

Seeing Critters
by Zoë Van Nostrand on September 13, 2016

Hunter-gatherers actually walked differently than modern man. By watching hunting animals such as the cats, foxes, and herons they learned how to move quietly and fluidly.

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The Goals of Wilderness Mentoring - From the Archives

The Goals of Wilderness Mentoring - From the Archives
by Melissa Blake on September 6, 2016

Perhaps it is easier for children to build this kind of relationship with nature - one that is intuitive, instinctual, and not based on a lot of rational knowledge but that nonetheless opens us up to learning about the world around us.

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A Letter from Co-Founder Tim Drake

A Letter from Co-Founder Tim Drake
by Tim Drake on September 2, 2016

I picked up the "ball" called Primitive Pursuits when I was 20 years old and ran with it because every child I had ever worked with, had ever met for that matter needed it. As I grew up, Primitive Pursuits grew up, and I saw that the world needed it.

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A Glimpse Into a Day as a Summer CIT

A Glimpse Into a Day as a Summer CIT
by Gracie Ryan on September 2, 2016

Aside from the campers and the counselors, there is another special group of people that is very important to the success of summer camp: the CIT’s (Counselors in Training).

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Week 8 Summer 2016

Week 8 Summer 2016
by Megan Pugh on August 21, 2016

Week eight was busy and varied with seven camps including five at 4-H Acres, one at the Finger Lakes National Forest and the River Scouts setting out each morning from Cornell Cooperative Extension to watery locations around the region!

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