Friday, May 30, 2014

Photos and Videos from Field School

We have more amazing photos and videos captured on our camera phones then we will ever have time to post, but I thought I would share a few of them here.

Ryder's story of Bindiana Phones, which he came up with on the spot!

On our last overnight, we were in a super playful and musical mood!  During guilds Mo and Sam's group made this ridiculous music video to send to Sam's dad Stan back in Oregon.

Thank you Crow's Path community for an amazing year of field school!  We can't wait to see you all again throughout the summer and in the fall.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Projects

 We have a new lending "library". I built this for books for kids that will inspire them to connect to the natural world. Next time you're out at Rock Point, check it out - take a book, leave a book. Also, we're looking for a gnome to preside over the library, or at least to sit on the porch and watch the grass grow.

 Sam & Alex's earth tumors, or hugel beds in the foreground. The "piles" are a mix of compost, woody material, inorganic material (sand, silt, clay), and lots of love. On top, they've planted comfrey, strawberries and more. Over time they break down and are supposed to be just dynamite for growing veggies. And of course we needed a picnic table to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I brought a bunch of cut lumber and the kids helped assemble the bench.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


On Tuesday, the Photography Guild also spent a little bit of time playing around with the camera's sport mode. 

Issac and I spent a while at the waterfront trying to photograph splashes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Photography Guild

Very camouflaged moth on red oak (Isaac)
For guilds today, we split up into a wild animal tracking and trailing guild (Lauren), a wildflower identification guild (Anna), a storytelling guild (Sam), and a photography guild. I've loved photography since I borrowed my mom's old Canon in high school and drove around my town late at night taking photos of abandoned places. Fifteen years later, and I find myself often doing the same. I love it because it's forces me to slow down, to be patient with the woods, to wait for the right moment, to return over to the same thing/place to watch it change over time. It was wonderful getting to share my love of photography with the kids, who took some gorgeous shots.

Skunk Cabbage (Casey)
Mouse Forest (Scout)
Buggle Ruggle Tree (Maddie)
White Lefferton (Isaac) 
The Lake (Casey)
Red Toady Branch (Isaac)
Elf's Boot Fern (Maddie)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April Alive vacation week camp!

This past week we held an April vacation camp while the field school took a break for April vacation.  We had an amazing group of kiddos out on the land with us, some new faces and some old, and went on all sorts of adventures!

We started the week off working on harvest baskets, digging sticks, fire by friction sets, and carving skills for the week of wild harvesting ahead!  
We rented a big ol' van and explored some areas outside of Rock Point, such as the great urban wilderness known as East Woods, and a friend's property up in Fairfax for harvesting wild leeks.  Tons of wildflowers are just starting to pop their  heads up, and we had an amazing time chowing down on trout lily, wild ginger, basswood buds, cattail rhizome, partridge berries, and ramps.  
Phinn found some of the first scarlet cup fungi of the year!!!

Zoe and Anna not only made a fire by friction set in a single day, but actually got the fire started for us on Friday.  It was pretty incredible to watch the focus and determination of these girls as they built up their fire by friction skills.

The week culminated with a wild harvested pizza party!  We made wild ramp pesto and threw in a little bit of everything we harvested over the week.  It was all cooked in our brand new wood-fired oven!
And boy oh boy was it delicious!!!

So many thanks to all the kids who joined us this week and made the April Alive camp so amazingly fun and memorable!