Since beginning the #150hoursoutside Project at the start of this year, I’ve received tons of questions asking me how to gather a group of families and get a nature group or Forest School group meetup started. This is something I’ve done in the past, and recently started back up again in my local community (we’re just getting ready to start our Summer session!). So I figured I’d share my tips and tricks for getting a local group off the ground in your area in the easiest way possible.read more
Welcome to the #150hoursoutside Weekly Log! This is where we log our hours outside for the #150hoursoutside Project! This isn’t necessary for you as an individual to participate in the project, but it helps us keep track of our community totals, which is motivating and inspiring to us all!read more
As the school year begins to approach its end, I’m starting to see posts pop up on my social media outlining all of the ways parents can keep their kids “busy” while they aren’t in school. And let me tell you, I cringe and go on long rants to my husband every time...read more
You’ve probably heard about some of the amazing benefits of letting your children climb trees. In our #150hoursoutside Project, we even had a tree climbing challenge one week to encourage everyone to get out into the forest and give it a try. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, not only have we seen an epic decrease in the average amount of time our children are spending outside in free play everyday (4-7 MINUTES on average! Yikes!), but along with that, the enjoyment of tree climbing has all but disappeared.read more
The sun is finally peeking out from behind the rain clouds here in Oregon, and that means that Spring is slowly making it's way here. Not only is Spring a time for rejuvenation, finally spending some more time outside, longer days, and enjoying the blossoms...read more
"What should I bring into nature?" This great question popped up in my Facebook group recently about taking longer trips out to nature, and what you should bring along for the kids to keep them adventuring for a longer period of time, more so than on just a standard...read more
You’ve started seeing some of the signs…. a morning tummy ache, irritable behavior Sunday nights, or even straight up tears when it’s time to leave for school in the morning. The middle of the year (January and February) can be some of the hardest times for children who aren’t really enjoying their time in school. But so many parents are nervous about pulling their children out of school and starting homeschooling in the middle of a school year. How do I even do it legally? How do I make sure they don’t fall behind? How do we create a new rhythm quickly? Isn’t it better to “stick it out” until next year?read more
If you’ve been following along with my #150hoursoutside Project this year, or if you’ve just been around the natural learning world for awhile, then you’ve likely heard the phrase: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” And while I believe that to *almost* always be the case, the reality is that sometimes… there IS such a thing as bad weather.
Sometimes – we just can’t go outside safely. And that is perfectly ok.
SO… what do you do when you’re used to spending time outdoors and for whatever crazy weather reason, you’re stuck inside?read more