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Invitations & The Open House

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Adult, Field School, Youth|Tags: , |

Invitations & The Open House Last weekend at our  Open House event we cast a charm on our portal into Crow’s Path, opening our camp to all members of our community . And what a treat it was for the staff and current Field School families to share the magic and mischief of our programs! Joining us were prospective [...]

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Tea for the Wintertime

Tea for the Wintertime A few weeks ago the land hosted our Winter Survival (MS) & Fire Gnomes (k-5) vacation camps. Romping proceeded in usual Crow’s Path fashion, but with the warm spell early on in the week all thoughts of building snow shelters and tracking perfectly compressed raccoon trails became wishful thinking. Instead the many new invitations that arose with the warm temperatures were taken up by the kiddos. Still, though, there were a [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Youth|


Bread-on-a-stick Making dough for bread on a stick. At our Winter Thrival vacation camp for middle schoolers we hiked off the slope and got a small fire going to cook on of our favorite Crow's Path fireside treats: bread on a stick. It's super simple and super tasty. And while I wouldn't say I've perfected the recipe, I've definitely done a lot of experimenting. From what I've learned, here's my simple guide to [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Skills|

Shredding the Gnarwhal

Winter Thrival's first run Having a good time around the fire making s'mores and bread on a stick Going into this week I was all nerves. We partnered with our friends at Powe Snowboards to pilot a slope-based program Winter Thrival, which combines our typical approach to Crow's Path program with shredding a mountain on skis and snowboards. My nerves were partly because this was new terrain for Crow's Path, but more [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Vacation Camp, Youth|

Following the Fox Trail

Following the Fox Trail Waystones Tracking a Fisher Our first week back to Field School after our winter break was snow-filled and prompting for tracking. Many of the animals that roam the Rock Point landscape are nocturnal or crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk) and since we haven’t figured out the logistics of running programs throughout the night due to concerns for minimum sleep requirements, we try to take advantage of any signs [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Adult, Corvid Community Naturalists, Field School, Waystones|

A Quest for Nests

A Quest for Nests Ready for the Search at Field School In Vermont, we are gifted with the phenomena of four seasons. Each season offers us a unique invitation to explore and discover the ever-changing mysteries that unfold all around us; in the nearby woods, the brook that runs through the neighborhood or even in the vacant lot beside the local market. One of the invitations given during the winter begins in the [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|Youth|

The ID Club: Inaugural wander

The ID Club: Inaugural wander The inaugural gathering of the ID Club. Looking at the finer points of our winter trees. On a snowy, windy, and cold January day the ID club met for the first time as we set our noses fiercely against the wind and talked lenticels, stomata, fascicles, bundle trace scars, and so much more. This month we tuned our senses to a finer study of our quiet, dormant winter [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|Adult, The ID Club|

Navigating the Snowscape

A Snow Gnome's Brave Leap This winter at the Field School we were bestowed the gift of snow in our last weeks before break. In moments like this, preferred modes of transport change for Crow’s Path-ers; for a short period of time, no longer are the days of side-stepping down ravines or running down a steep footpath. Instead, we take to the shed, grab a sap bucket lid, and head out to the land [...]

By | January 1st, 2018|Field School|

End of summer, beginning of fall

  One of my favorite times of year is during the middle of winter when we decide what summer camps we're going to run. We try and create different themes that cater to our staffs' various interests and offer unique opportunities for kids to get outside and play while learning awesome skills. We added a couple new programs this, like our Planet Earth Nature Docs camp, which highlighted photography and video skills. Kiddos learned how to [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Summer Camps|

What it takes to run 100km

When I started Crow's Path back in 2010, I had a rough sense of what our programs would initially look like: kids running through the woods, playing games, starting fires, building shelters, making bows, carving spoons, and singing songs. But my bigger vision was always to create a strong, vibrant and supportive container that would help grow kids who were curious, adventurous, creative, quirky, and capable of confronting life's big questions and challenges.  On Sunday [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Field School|


Long-time staff, Lauren Akin is back from sabbatical and in addition to starting a new program with Britt (The Dandelions Program), will be working with our staff and other organizations in the Burlington-area to put us in closer alignment to our mission when it comes to fighting issues of racial and social justice. We're "running" a fundraiser to support this work for our organization and Lauren's work as she points a more critical lens at how our organization [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|Field School|

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