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Cloud Appreciation Society

Look to the sky and study the clouds. It can tell you so much about the weather. Clouds are poetry in motion. Cloud spotting can be a form of meditation. Clouds have inspired great paintings and have given endless opportunities of inspiration. The Voyagers’ Outdoor Program students have studied the clouds and have become unofficial members of the The Cloud… Read More

Mandala

Our students have taken on a new project in data collection and observation. We have created our own versions of the mandala. Inspired by David George Haskell‘s, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature, students walked around the property and each chose a small section of the forest where they will observe and collect data about once a week…. Read More

Where Does The Water Go

Where does the water go? This question has been asked over and over in many different situations in the past month. Middle School students have been catching aquatic insects, measuring water quality, exploring what happens to the rain when it flows over the land, studying aquatic ecosystems and creating data collections of their work. We have begun to get a… Read More

Nature Based Learning: The Micro-Hike

This school year, the Voyagers’ Outdoor Program has welcomed students from Voyagers’ grades 3-6 to join in with the Middle School students for one morning a week. The younger group has become comfortable in the outdoors and has started to take on all of the benefits of learning outside. We call this part of our program, Nature Based Learning. The… Read More

A Stream Is Created

When most people wake up on a rainy day, their initial thought is to go back to sleep. Our students, on the other hand, they go exploring. When we arrived at the property one rainy morning, we saw that a stream had been created in a place where it hadn’t been before.   As we have been studying Watershed Ecology,… Read More

What Is A Watershed?

The beautiful thing about being in such a big space with flowing water is that we can actually follow the water without worry about being on private property. When we began to discuss the flow of the water students had a few ideas. Teacher: “Where does the water start? Where does the water go?” Jake, 11: “I think the water… Read More

Water Quality Testing At Voyager’s Community School

This past week, students investigated the water quality of the stream at the property. After catching aquatic macro invertebrates and micro invertebrates during a trip to the Manasquan Reservior, students hypothesized what kind of water quality we have at the property. Often times, students say that freshwater is clean, drinkable water. We ask the question, what is the difference between… Read More

Thoughts In The Yard

Today in the yard my mind full of thoughts , Sandy and I saw some birds floating not flying. Drifting. Circles of winged creatures moving across the sky, clear blue behind them a lonely cloud in my peripherals. Why? What does that feel like? I imagine myself floating in cool water. They look like kites without the strings. I wonder… Read More

Scavenger Hunt

On Tuesday, The Voyagers’ Outdoor Students started to work their way around the new property with our outdoor scavenger hunt (see the download below for a copy). This activity had students catching bugs, using field guides to identify trees and using the map of the property to locate different ecosystems. Rain may have been falling but everyone kept a positive… Read More

Great Summer Book Recommendations

There is nothing quite like a good summer read and here are two book recommendations I’d like to share with you. Out on the porch, on the beach, by the pool, under a park tree, wherever you might find yourself reading is just a little bit sweeter in the summertime (as are most things). This summer, one of my early… Read More