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A Mud-luscious Romp

"The world is mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful" - E.E. Cummings

What better way to usher in the spring season than a good old-fashioned romp in the mud? Spring cleaning? We prefer spring dirtying! Adults, you may have to go quite far out of your comfort zone for this...

On a day that promises mud, in a place where you know you can find it, join your children for a wallow! They may think you've lost it, but once they get over the surprise, they'll love you for doing it. Of course, you'll want to wear clothes that you won't mind getting wet and muddy, and give up any notions about staying clean, or minimizing the damage. It's quite freeing, really. (Plus, check out this research about the potential psychological effects of playing in the dirt!)

If you can, take before and after photos. Then venture forth with full intent to explore and step in every puddle and bog you come across. Smooth out a muddy spot or two so you can leave your hand prints, or go back in a few days to look for tracks that have been left there. Make mud angels! You know that mud makes a great soothing face mask, don't you? Grab a handful of mud and squeeze it, look at its color, find out what's in it, smell it. Do this in a few different places; don't make the mistake of thinking that all mud is just alike. Put it back or bring it home as a souvenir. How long will it take to dry? Revisit some of your mud spots on another day. Are they still muddy? What do you find there now?

We hope you'll send us some pictures of your mud-tastic escapades....
Group Q campers cover themselves in mud, leaves, and dirt as they learn camouflage techniques

Dig into The Dirt

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by Ayla Dunn-Bieber
March Fat Pole
by Chuck Stead
Flowers for Dinner
by Paul Tappenden

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Primitive Living Skills - Children:

Heightening Awareness in the Outdoors
4/7: 10 AM-12:30 PM | For children ages 10-14. Check out all workshop details and register here!
The Nature Place @ Threefold Educational Center
285 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Primitive Living Skills - Family:

Bowl and Spoon Making (Part 2)
4/7 or 4/28: 2 PM-4:30 PM| For families with children ages 6+. Check out all workshop details and register here!
The Nature Place @ Threefold Educational Center
285 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Wild Edible Food Foraging - Inwood!

4/14: 2-3 PM | NYC, join us for a vernal adventure into our environs to discover what’s growing wild
and edible in our area. Free event!
Entrance of Inwood Hill Park, Corner of 218th St and Indian Rd.

Wild Edibles Food Foraging

4/28: 12-1 PM | Join us for a vernal adventure into our environs to discover what’s growing wild and edible in our area. Free event!
The Nature Place Day Camp @ Green Meadow Waldorf School: 307 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Primitive Living Skills - Children:

Natural Camouflage, Tracking, and Stalking
4/28: 10 AM-12:30 PM | For children ages 10-14. Check out all workshop details and register here!
The Nature Place @ Threefold Educational Center
285 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Family Day Hike in Harriman

5/4: 10 AM -1 PM | Join Nature Place trip leaders for a fun, family-friendly excursion in our favorite stomping grounds--Harriman State Park. Free event!
Email camp@thenatureplace.com to register and receive further details, including the meet-up location.

New Busing Options!

 
We're thrilled to announce that we will provide busing from Hoboken and Montclair this summer!

For info about camp transportation, click here.

A Sustainable Living Community is Forming...


The Nature Place and The Hungry Hollow Co-op have been partnering for a series of conversations around sustainability for the past two months. Many folks have expressed a desire to be involved in a group that can continue to work with these topics. So we're creating one! We'll share ideas, work on projects together, cook zero-waste recipes together, screen films, and so much more! Reply to this email if you'd like to be kept up to date/involved in this group...

And don't forget about our next Community Exchange Conversation at the Co-op:
The Clothes We Wear | April 17th, 2019 from 6:45 to 7:45 PM

Have you seen our new camp video?


We're so excited to share the beautiful work of our friend and videographer Juan Pedro Agurcia, where he distilled the magic of camp into a minute and thirty second video.

Visit thenatureplace.com to watch...
"All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair.
The bees are stirring, birds are on the wing,
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring." 

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Upcoming Open Houses



Saturday, April 13th
Sunday, April 28th
May 11th



Please email us in advance at camp@thenatureplace.com to set up your appointment. We'll meet at Green Meadow Waldorf School: 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

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