Art & Science of the Land: Spring Week 2

March 12, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was week 1 of our Maple Magic series.  For two weeks we will be learning about maple syrup, how to identify maple trees in winter, how to measure trees and tap them for syrup and about the maple sugaring process.  Our focus today was on how to identify maple trees in winter and measure… Read more »

Biomimicry: Maple Sugaring and Celery Stalks

March 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Welcome back to Biomimicry!  In this homeschool class we learn about how plants and animals have inspired technologies and ideas that help people live better and sometimes even more sustainable lives.  We welcomed two new students to our class and started the day by going around and sharing our favorite animal, one thing love to… Read more »

Living Wetlands Week 1

March 1, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Welcome to Monday’s Living Wetlands Homeschool!  I am so excited to start spring semester.  We began our semester by exploring a topic about Maple Sugaring.  It’s that time of the year again at the Irvine so we explored some of the trails while looking for tapped trees, stoking the fire under the evaporator and doing… Read more »

Tap That Sap

February 19, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

It’s that sweet time of year again and maple magic is calling! Nature Preschool has been exploring the maple sugaring process. The children were introduced to all the tools needed to collect sap. They used buckets, spiles, and hand-crank drills  to practice tapping trees! As we hiked through the winter forest the children tried to spot woodpeckers,… Read more »

Tap for Sap! Maple Magic!

February 27, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine could not wait for more maple sugar magic! We started off our week with fresh snow! There were some interesting tracks leading us into the outdoor classroom! The children were excited to investigate and try to guess what critter left them behind. Hoof prints were definitely deer, but when we saw tiny… Read more »

Maple Sugaring!

February 21, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine enjoyed getting introduced to Maple Sugaring! President’s day and snow closings and delays shortened our week considerably, but not enough to stop us from having fun! The children built sugar shacks using sugar cubes, and a sugary mortar that we whipped up! We read stories, sang songs, and played games… Read more »

Tap for Sap

February 24, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We discovered trees in winter and how some tree sap can be delicious this time of year.Favorite Activities: We enjoyed searching for trees with holes from woodpeckers and counting how many trees were tapped with buckets along the trail. We tasted the sap and met taxidermy specimens of woodpeckers, too. We loved… Read more »