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Our Little Moment Away from the World with Earthroots Field School

Our Little Moment Away from the World with Earthroots Field School

That’s an exact quote from my 10 year old about our day on Saturday: “Our little moment away from the world.” It was brought to us by Earthroots Field School.  We joined Jodi, Jeannie, Ren and Evan for an afternoon learning to make fire and fire tools.  We were waaaayyyyy back in Silverado Canyon with no cell phone service.  The only evidence of electronics was the occasional snapping of cameras. Mostly, it was a group of families who enjoyed meeting new people and kids who came with all their wonder and curiosity for the world.

Our day with Earthroots Field School was billed as: “Making Fire and Exploring Nature.”  We began by gathering different size kindling for the fire to ease us into our day. When we started we had this:

As someone commented, “lots of hands made small work” and soon we had this:

We watched Evan — who on a scale of 1 to 5 — held up 6 fingers for knowing a bit about fire making with a bow.  Together we all breathed on the smoking embers to make the straw burst into flame.

We enjoyed a leisurely picnic lunch and spent time exploring nature from the meadow:

To the orchard:


To a nature walk under the oaks:

Ethan helped us identify the winter version of poison oak and the plant we used to create our own family fire making kit (mule fat) .  There were kids from infants to 2 year olds to my 10 year old and they all had a grand time in the breezy canyon. Ren got to cooking whole apples in the coals of our fire.

And we ended our day munching on warm apples and listening to an original story by Jeannie inspired by our adventures. My six year old was so enchanted she even answered one of the questions from “Grandfather” as if she were one of the children in the story.

I didn’t want to leave. It was so peaceful.  It truly renewed my weary spirit.  In all, we were there for FIVE hours.  But to my son, it was just a “moment.”

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Earthroots waived our registration fee so we could experience their program. They did not ask any particular opinion be shared.


Thursday 22nd of March 2012

Love it! Our family had so many fun times with Wilderness Awareness School here in Puget Sound, making fire included.


Tuesday 7th of February 2012

Sounds amazing!

Traci Lehman

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

What a fun time!

Alice lee

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

Great opportunity for kids and parents, together. And see, hear, touch, feel a wonderful nature! I bet it was a precious moment for all. Wish more kids can join and learn about a wonderful surrounding, our nature. Then we become ' A earth keeper' eventually.

Christo Love

Monday 6th of February 2012

Great description and pictures!

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