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 26, 2017

Fear is a powerful emotion. It can keep you from experiencing life. How long have you been afraid of a particular fear? Where does it come from? Have you ever tried to change the way you see your fear?

When I was younger, I had a fear of snakes. Me! Ms. Outdoors! There...

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,...


Summer weather has FINALLY arrived in Central New York! And with it, of course, the threat of ticks and other disease-carrying critters.  Staying safe and healthy while playing and learning outside can be as simple and straightforward as adopting a couple extra “groo...

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...

March 12, 2017

This week was a wonderful week with our Outdoor Life Learners Nature Clubbers.  It was truly fascinating to see the children engage in so many important areas of learning.  It happened naturally.  They needed no guidance from adults and this week, absolutely ...

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