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Stories from the Forest

Honoring Vulnerability

Honoring Vulnerability

The intention 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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Seeing Critters

Seeing Critters

Imagine having the ability to catch fish with your hands, sneak up to an unsuspecting whitetail or have a chickadee land on your head, all unaware of your presence. The skill of “invisibility” is a skill of utmost importance to any survivalist.

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The Goals of Wilderness Mentoring

The Goals of Wilderness Mentoring

This article first appeared in the Primitive Pursuits introductory guide “Not Your Typical Classroom.” Booklet was prepared by Melissa Mueller in November 2009. Contributors included Heidi Bardy, Beth Bannister, Tim Drake, Dave Hall, and Jed Jordan.

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Forest Errands

Forest Errands

This article first appeared in the Primitive Pursuits introductory guide “Not Your Typical Classroom.” Booklet was prepared by Melissa Mueller in November 2009. Contributors included Heidi Bardy, Beth Bannister, Tim Drake, Dave Hall, and Jed Jordan. 

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More Kids in the Woods

More Kids in the Woods

In 2007-08, Primitive Pursuits got outside every week with the Urban Forest Adventures (UFA) Program. This after school program, generously funded by the More Kids in the Woods grant from the USDA Forest Service, provided five sessions of free Primitive Pursuits programs to underserved youth in the greater Ithaca Area.

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Developing a Culture of Connection

Developing a Culture of Connection

Some people say outdoor preschool is a no-brainer. “Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls,” says Erin Kenny, founder of Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten on Vashon Island, Washington. Ithaca Forest Preschool, begun in 2013, took away the walls and added a very special culture.

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Reflections from Overnight Camp

Reflections from Overnight Camp

At the fire, campers shared their favorite memory of the week. No one was shy, and everyone easily was able to share an original thing that was special to them, from fire making to bow making and some funny inside jokes that got everyone laughing.

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News & Updates

4-H Simple Interactions Project

4-H Simple Interactions Project

Doctors Charlie Izzo and Debbie Sellers, of the Bronfenbrenner Center on Translational Research, have been collaborating with Primitive Pursuits staff on an innovative field project since January 2016. Their project helps people examine the interaction, connection, and communication that occurs within mentoring or helping relationships.

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Gratitude Appeal 2020

Gratitude Appeal 2020

Our future depends on nature-connected kids! Please consider a gift to our annual appeal to help sustain our efforts for local youth regardless of their ability to pay.

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Activities

Flaming Bundle Challenge

Flaming Bundle Challenge

Fire is a wonderful teacher. This is an activity we often do, even with first-time groups. As you read this activity, identify the core routines participants would be using. What mentoring tools could you use?

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