Monday, November 11, 2013

Zip lining grey squirrels!

Our good friend Kindle who has been coming out to the field school on Tuesday sent us this amazing video of a zip-lining squirrel at her home in Blue Hill, Maine.  People have been trying for as long as bird feeders have been around to find ways of outsmarting the squirrels who come to eat the bird seed.  Kindle's family nearly outsmarted them by tying the bird feeder up in the trees with nothing for the squirrel to climb up, until this one brilliant squirrel figured out how to use the cord as a zip line!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pottery, newborn nests, and a new shelter!

The level of creativity at the field school has been incredible this week!  Maybe something about the cold weather helps us to focus on crafts and projects, but it has been amazing to see all the spoons, clay mugs, fire-by-friction sets, rabbit taxidermy, wooden swords, stories, dream catchers, and sacred gardens that have been created lately.  We also have one big new creation out at Crow's Path... a new structure for our main camp!
The good man Fisher admires the beautiful frame that we will be calling home from now on.

Many, many thanks to the students from the UVM Environmental Problem Solving class that built this beautiful structure for us as part of their final project!  All the wood for the new structure was harvested from the land in an area that was going to be cleared to be maintained as meadow, so we are so grateful that all the years of sunlight and growth the trees put into their wood are now being used to provide us with shelter.  

Another one of our amazing community partners, the Rock Point School, recently asked us if we'd like to join them in pit firing a bunch of pottery with their ceramics class, so we got busy making mugs, bowls, and a theatrical cyclops monster (thanks to Anjay) out of clay.  

And our last piece of excitement for the week is that our good friend and Crow's Path mentor Mo Bissonette is having a baby!  Mo was gone from field school on Friday preparing for his newborn to arrive, so we took part of the day to prepare a bunch of little nests in honor of Mo's baby entering the world.  

We are so excited for Mo and we're sending him a ton of love and support as he steps into the role of fatherhood!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween at Crow's Path!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays out at the field school, and is the perfect time to celebrate the changing seasons.  We're about half way between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, and the changes out on the land are starting to feel a lot more like winter than fall.  We started the Halloween week off with a Halloween overnight that celebrated our ancestors who have passed on and this joyful time of harvest.  The Halloween feeling kept rolling all week, with some kids coming out in costume, and lots of candy being shared!
Our Wednesday group got to carve a giant pumpkin that our good friend Chuck donated from his garden.  We decided it would make the perfect head for our headless scarecrow, so we put it on and our good friend Lenny was born.  He is kind of like the Frosty the snowman of Halloween and is now helping to welcome everybody to our gateway into Crow's Path.
 Anjay, Beaven, and Lola were actually able to fit their entire head inside the pumpkin, just to make sure that we hadn't forgotten any of the pumpkin seeds that we'll be roasting.
Anjay shows off his new knife made from the beautiful buckthorn tree.