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Art & Science of the Land: Week 8

December 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/30/2018 Today we re-explored some of our favorite places at Irvine, the seven sycamore tree along the Bauer Path trail and the Native American site.  We set off from our meeting spot, along the Vista Loop Trail and stopped at the Gazebo and enjoyed snack and sharing moments from over the weekend or since last… Read more »

Biomimicry: Campfires and Celebration

June 6, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12 – 5/29/2018 Today was the long awaited individual campfires day.  So far this semester the weather hasn’t been on our side for campfires, it’s either been too cold, too windy, too rainy or way too hot.  Today was pretty warm but we hoped the clouds would keep us cool long enough to practice… Read more »

Biomimicry: Decomposers and Recycling

May 30, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/15/2018 Have you ever eaten muscles before?  Most people go to the store or seafood market to buy them already pre-plucked from their rocky homes.  In the wild, muscles create an incredibly strong adhesive.  If you’ve ever been to the ocean and tried to pry muscles from the rocks, you’d know they can really hold… Read more »

A Campfire and Bursting Buds

April 19, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/10/18  Mid-Semester Campfire Celebration Today marked the (almost) half way point for our homeschool semester!  We started the day by meeting one of Irvine’s newest animal ambassadors, the Great Horned Owl.  Jenna, our animal care specialist, showed us the owl and we learned a lot about the owl and falconry!  Over the last few weeks… Read more »

Biomimicry: Build Like A Beaver

October 17, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

October 10th, 2017 Today was all about using our nature engineering skills to build a dam and discover the best materials for dam building and put ourselves in the mind of a beaver.  We started our afternoon by revealing our chlorophyll experiment from the previous week.  We had collected leaves of different colors, torn them… Read more »

Invigorating the Senses!

October 8, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

    Our week has been a memorable one! From fungus to fire, we have been heightening our senses and becoming even more aware of our forest and meadow surroundings. On Tuesday, we had a great time molding the river clay we collected last week into different shapes. Sadly, it was too muddy and soupy… Read more »

Spring Celebrations

April 17, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool celebrated The Week of the Young Child! Each day had its own unique theme: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Freestyle Friday! Out on the trails we saw blooming flowers, butterflies and sunny spring skies! We ended our week long celebration in song at our annual Spring Sing. Friday evening families… Read more »