Events
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Winter Animal Tracking

Wednesday, February 24 (Wed Students)

OR Thursday, March 4 (Thur Students)

at Little Pine Island Camp in our outdoor classrooms

For students enrolled in Discovery Wilderness, Spring Semester 2021

Nature Connection and Nature Explorers 10:30am-12:00pm

Junior Explorers Parent/Child Class 10:45-11:45 am

Please try to arrive early to use the restroom at camp and be in the outdoor classroom by 10:30am. If you have students in the older classes and you will be joining the Juniors, please first drop off older students, and then spend time in your warm car, filling up your kiddos belly with a snack and drink and/or using the restroom before we explore. We are keeping the class length to one hour for the littler ones.

 

Come explore the winter woods with us as we look for animal tracks and signs! The theme for spring semester (for the Explorers and Connections Classes) will be animal tracking. The winter is a fun time to jump into this experience, since tracks stand out well in the snow. We will use all of our senses to investigate and explore the winter woods, following animal tracks, wherever they may lead! This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and the land as we eagerly await Spring Semester. This event is free to students that are currently enrolled in Discovery Wilderness School.

 

Please note, we will not be going inside due to COVID. Please dress warm and use the bathhouse restrooms before and after our tracking experience. Parents are welcome to join us during this adventure, or drop off and pick up.

To Bring:

  • Snack and water bottle to enjoy in the car BEFORE you come to class. (Its hard to eat with mittens, and once the mittens come off in the cold, all is lost.)

  • Warm tea/soup in a thermos to keep in the car and enjoy after our walk.

To Wear:

  • Dress for winter weather! Please send your students in snow pants, coat, boots, mittens, hat and WARM UNDERLAYERS. 

Please sign up using the orange button above, so we know who to expect. Thank you!

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Maple Tree Tapping

Dates: Friday, February 26 and Monday, March 1

10:30 am-12:00 noon

at Little Pine Island Camp in our outdoor classrooms

For students enrolled in Discovery Wilderness, Spring Semester 2021

Park in the main parking lot, use the restroom, and we will all walk over to the maples trees as a group a little after 10:30. 

 

Have you SEEN the forecast for the next 10 days??? Quick, drop everything and TAP A MAPLE TREE! Sunny with highs above freezing during the day, lows below freezing at night. This is the perfect weather for sap to run! 

Every family will get an opportunity to sign up for a day to collect the sap to bring home and cook down into maple syrup in your kitchen. Parents are asked to join us for this event, so you can be part of the experience and learn how to empty out the sap and replace the bags for the next day's sap collection.

Please note, we will not be going inside due to COVID. Please dress warm and use the bathhouse restrooms before and after our tapping experience. 

To Bring:

  • Snack and water bottle to enjoy in the car BEFORE you come to class. (Its hard to eat with mittens, and once the mittens come off in the cold, all is lost.)

To Wear:

  • Dress for winter weather! Please dress in snow gear or layers with rain gear on top. Its sunny, and warm, but the snow is WET, so dress your kids in water-proof gear. 

Please sign up using the orange button above, so we know who to expect. Thank you!

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Family Exploration Groups

Spring Refresh!

Weekly meet-ups at parks across West Michigan 

Spring Start Up, Week of April 11

Everyone is welcome to join a Family Exploration Group. No need to be enrolled with Discovery Wilderness School.

 

Currently seeking group leaders to coordinate a small group of 5-8 families. If you are looking for a small group of authentic community, please consider hosting a small group. Contact Kelly for more information. 

Homeschooling- it takes a village! Nature Lovers- find your community. Whether you are a veteran homeschooler, virtual pandemic schooling, or somewhere in between, you are welcome here. Let’s connect, support, and encourage one another while exploring in nature. Take your child’s education into the woods, fields, and creek.

Our Vision: To see families connect deeply with nature and one another through Exploration Groups in different locations around West Michigan. We envision small groups, committed to weekly time together outdoors--children and parents exploring, playing and learning from one another. Our hope is that children will build relationships through outdoor play and exploration while parents have an opportunity to connect, encourage and support one another in authentic community. 

 

We are looking for group hosts before we can set up Spring Groups. Please reach out to Kelly (Exploration Group Coordinator) with questions or ideas at familyexplorationgroups@gmail.com

Tips for Family Exploration Groups

What to Bring to Wilderness School guide may help you dress for success outdoors year-round.

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PAST EVENTS

Backyard Sugaring

a Maple Syrup Processing field trip to Sparta

Friday, March 6, 2020 10:00 am-11:30am

at the home of a community expert in Sparta.

For students enrolled in Discovery Wilderness Classes

 

Lets see the entire process, start to finish! Community expert, Jim LaRock will be taking us on a tour of his sugaring set up. There is a small grove of sugar maples in his backyard, and he has been making syrup for years. He has hand-crafted a large boiler with a great set up for boiling down sap. Sign up to join the tour! If there is time left, we will go on an exploration in the back woods behind Jim's house through the woods to a beautiful creek.  

Our community expert's address with directions to his home will be emailed to you after you sign up to join us. 

 

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