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Seeking the Basics

By Arianna Fingers of twilight etch the sky the landscape is a slumbering body bruised purple from holding the sweet weight of the sun’s warmth. Day bids a lingering farewell to the mountains illuminating grassy mounds in hot gold and pink. As the landscape slips into darkness wind blown flickers of lightning taste the tall […]

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Seeing WILD Life…Who Is Watching Whom?

Winter has come and gone, and spring is clearly unfolding: the birdsong, the wildflowers, the bursting of shoots braking through the Earth’s surface in fertile ground, the trees leafing out, the warmer days as frogs sing, and then in the spring, showers are coming as the ice melts off the mountains, bringing it down through […]

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The Secret Life of the Black Bear

Many years ago I was awakened to the stories of our wild neighbors. Though we do not always see them, they leave so much information about the stories of their lives. There is adventure, drama, death, play, romance, and mystery. Through the years I learned how to stop, look, listen, smell, and feel these stories […]

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Free Food Falling from the Sky…Acorns!

Going into the outdoors in the mid-autumn we notice the leaves carpeting the ground in a beautiful all natural mosaic. Earlier in the season, we noticed the leaves changing colors–scarlet, orange, yellow and flame colors like a fire. As we continue to walk in the forest, we are surrounded by these majestic beings that connect […]

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Making Fruit Leather with Wild Berries

A Great Way for the Whole Family to Connect with Nature There’s something magical about gathering your own food as a family, and what an education for children and for families to have this experience together. Learning how to see through the eyes of a forager really helps to create a bond with the natural […]

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Nature Connection and Cultural Mentoring

The Transformational Power of Nature Connection and Cultural Mentoring Nature connection is not just important but wildly important! A past Valley Kids was packed with several stories on nature-based learning with some powerful evidence to share about Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods, and his work about Nature Deficit Disorder and […]

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Seeing through the Eyes of the Forager

LEARNING FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT There are many different plants that offer potential foods for us to experience. Our ancestors all over the world remind us to share a deep relationship with plants and the importance of a sacred balance. There are cultural tracks left behind for us to follow and learn this deep […]

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