Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Nest in Nature

Marcia shares her box turtle find with everyone 

One of our favorite almost weekly treks is to A Nest in Nature. We are so lucky to have this group of parents and children in our lives, and blessed to have Marcia open up her home and her farm to all of us.


Each week Marcia provides the materials and ideas for some type of craft as just one of many options. Our time at NEST is relaxed and open-ended, and yes, sometimes chaotic (often depending on how many people show up!).


There is plenty of time for dress-up play, legos, or just about anything else you can imagine.


Of course there is lots of time spent outside, and the outside of Marcia's home is just as wonderful as the inside. One of Lucy's favorite things to do at Nest is rock hopping on these boulders out front. I have to admit, it makes me a little nervous to watch Lucy scramble and hop from boulder to boulder. I'm usually a few feet away just in case, but this girl is pretty sure on her feet!

 rock hunting 

There is also rock-finding...


...and rock painting.

 box turtle 

And when Miss Marcia (as Josh likes to call her) finds a special treasure, she loves to share it with the children. Whether it is a box turtle, or baby chicks, or tadpoles, or feeding horses (and passing out fistfuls of horse hair to each child), or a walk down to the pond, there is always something to explore and touch at Nest.

 box turtle 

Marcia's gentle and patient hands are sharing this box turtle with everyone. She is a long-time unschooling mama and I am so glad to have her in my life. When I have questions or doubts or frustrations, she is the person to talk to! Her experience and knowledge is so valuable to me.

 the remains of play 

The remains of play.

Thank you Marcia!


  1. Annie,
    You are a love and have touched my heart.
    I am happy to know and love your family.
    Thank you

  2. This is awesome! We went to a nest of our own last week, I just wish it was with fellow unschoolers...