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The Nature Place Day Camp - The Dirt February
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful - E. E. Cummings

Have you Tried Mud?


Mud is messy. If you can get past this, mud can be absolutely marvelous! March is when mother nature tends to make a lot of mud, and with some old clothes you don't mind dirtying and a sense of adventure, playing in the mud can be truly freeing. 


Here are some simple things we like to do with mud: 


Make a mud castle
Just like at the beach, but not so warm and even messier, mud is a great medium for building, especially when it's a little dryer than it is wet. We built a fairy home with a moat around it, but you could build a castle, a house, a boat, or anything else that strikes your fancy and needs to be created.



Worm Charming
Alternately called worm grunting or worm fiddling, this activity is too much fun. By making vibrations in the mud that mimic the sounds of a tunneling mole, we can literally charm the worms out of the earth and up to the surface. One technique to lure your worms involves putting one end of a stick in the mud, and to rub the top of the stick back and forth between your hands so that it begins to 'tunnel' into the earth. Another popular technique is to place a pitchfork or rake or another similar yard tool into the earth and then hit that tool in order to create vibrations that travel through the soil. The World Worm Charming Championships are held every year in the village of Willaston, in Chesire, England. Happy worm hunting! (Doing this when it's been a little warmer for a little longer - maybe within 2 weeks from now - might produce better results).

Painting with Mud
For mud paint we like mud that is wetter than it is dry. You'll be surprised to find the variety of color and texture that mud produces, and you can use this variety to create mud paintings on pieces of paper, trees, rocks, pavement, the sidewalk, or any other surface that will hold your mud. When it rains on your outside mud painting don't worry, while nature might have washed away your creation, you're also getting more mud to make something new!


 

Click for more fun with mud: mud pies, muddy toes, animal tracks

Ed's Corner

Spring!

You may be feeling (as we ourselves have been) that the snow will never melt. Well it is melting, but it's been a long, cold winter, which definitely makes this spring so much sweeter!


Get outside to celebrate the arrival of warm sunlight, budding flowers, springtime, and all the good nature that comes with it:

  • Plan an outdoor lunch or dinner
  • Make a small outdoor fire (safely, of course) to help celebrate the sun's return.
  • Look for any flowers that may be blooming or green leaves pushing through the soil.
  • Make bets (using acorns as currency) on when any left over patches of snow will melt.
  • Check some branches to see if any buds are getting fatter or even beginning to open.
  • Take an outdoor walk and be aware of any small, flying insects that may be out and about. Now where were they this winter?!
  • If it's sunny, stand still and tilt one cheek toward the sun, close your eyes, and feel the warmth. Now turn the other cheek.

Click for more spring celebrations, equinox info & egg balancing

Garden Greetings


What’s happening in the garden? More than we know – even with the lingering cover of snow! Peter Alexanian tells us what’s happening in the Pfeiffer Garden, our particular piece of cultivated earth.

Maple Sugaring was Sweet
We had a terrific time tapping trees at our maple sugaring program! The sap was flowing, the outside fire boiling our sap provided a welcomed break from the cold, and the pairing of hot syrup on ice with a dill pickle was a delectable match made in maple heaven. See more photos here.
Play Games!
Great, galloping, goofy, gratifying games! Join us as we play some of the games we love to play at camp. At The Nature Place we play games that are cooperative rather than competitive, which means we all have fun, play hard, play fair, usually laugh a lot, and everyone gets included. Saturday, April 19th. 11 am - Noon.

Upcoming Open Houses

  • Sunday, April 6th
  • Saturday, April 19th
  • Saturday, May 5th 

And more...


All open houses take place at the Green Meadow Waldorf School: 307 Hungry Hollow Road. Stop by anytime between 1-4pm.

Non-competitive and nature-oriented, The Nature Place allows children to be themselves, with their friends, in the great outdoors. Learn more at thenatureplace.com
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