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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We try and create a camp schedule with themes for each week to appeal to a wide array of interests in both kiddos and staff. A couple weeks ago we ran a camp centered around Planet Earth, teaching kiddos how to use cameras to capture the beauty of the world around them. I cut together an edit using their footage. What came together was another in a storied series of abstract, experimental films. First there was Parachuters and [...]
Checking out the inner workings of a sharp-shinned hawk The great Ale Dietschi! A wild George spotted in the path! Clickity clack! Pouring tea into knotweed teacups from our trusty kettle named Arnold And enjoying our tea Masters of relaxation innovation, Lauren and Pax with the hose hammock Blue Star Kadet Sylvie showing off her new shirt This little gremlin snuck onto our Long Trail trip so we made him a lemon meringue pie with gummy [...]
The highly-acclaimed, much anticipated new release from Crow's Path cinemas! Starring Gus Barkyoumb and Toby Hecht.
Despite wet and cold conditions this past week (and month!!), we had a wonderful time this April during April Alive! Though many of our wild edibles are yet to emerge, we were still able to make delicious pizzas using trout lily, wild leeks, basswood buds, and stinging nettles. For photos from the week click on the image below. And all of the photos are courtesy of our amazing kid photographers.
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