September 3, 2017

With growing concerns of “nature deficit disorder” becoming a real issue among children, outdoor education is as important now as it has ever been.  More often we hear about recess being limited to once a day and for no more than 20 minutes in elementary schools across...

June 23, 2017

Sometimes you just have to ROLL with it right?  RIGHT!   That’s exactly what our Outdoor Life Learners did Monday as we toughed it out at the Camillus Unique Area, roamed on over to the Erie Canal then finally landed in a parking lot at a nearby playground all while in...

June 3, 2017

Each week, we continue to observe in amazement how our children play in our free, ceiling-less natural setting in the woods.  Their learning is rich, organic and boundless as they roam the woods enjoying their reality in the present moment.  As educators we feel rich,...

No matter how much one may prepare and brace for Spring, no matter how much one may long for it and expect it, the onslaught of LIGHT and sun and longer days takes us by surprise. Every single year, around the end of April or beginning of May (here in Central New York,...

May 9, 2017

About a year ago, we began heading out into the woods, together with our children, exploring, learning from one another and from nature. After seeing the incredibly positive impact it made on our own families we knew we were onto something special.

Our conversations wou...

May 5, 2017

About a year ago, we began heading out into the woods, together with our children, exploring, learning from one another and from nature. After seeing the incredibly positive impact it made on our own families we knew we were onto something special.

Our conversations wou...

April 10, 2017

Socrates said, "Wisdom begins as wonder."  As we make our way into the woods each week, there is wonder all around, especially this time of year.  Everything is new. Buds begin to pop and green begins to peek through spots on the brown ground.  This past week was full...

Orenda Springs is a gold mine! This week was "snail week" here at OLL Nature Club. It is still a bit chilly for snails, but the kids did find a couple of empty shells. After a short stint on the field with some soccer and capture the flag, we convinced the kiddos to ke...

Once upon a time children got to learn some cool stuff in school, such as reading and writing and how to solve for x. How an inclined plane actually works and the importance of the seed cycle and the water cycle and how different colors combine to form new ones were al...

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