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October 2017

NCI Sonoma/Napa Valley CA Severely Damaged in Wildfires

With heavy hearts, we share the sad news that our NCI Sonoma/Napa Valley facility, URJ Camp Newman, has been severely damaged in the recent Northern California wildfires. Hot spots continue to be present near the camp's location, so total damage cannot be assessed at this time. Camp Newman administration made the decision to cancel all retreats at the site indefinitely. The administration will be working on plans for a new facility and/or a remote facility in the near term.

Tea Time

The students will identify and harvest herbs, then compare them with dried and commercially bottled samples. The students will learn to propagate and dried their own herbs. They will also use the collected herbs to create teas.
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Autumn Leaf Bowls

Autumn inspired leaf bowls are a great seasonal activity for elementary students. The project can be made with potters clay, air-drying clay or salt dough.

School Refusal: When Fear and Anxiety Keeps Kids From School

It’s a struggle that many parents are familiar with — a child doesn’t want to go to school. But for some kids, this happens every day, leading to weeks and sometimes months of missing school. Mental health professionals say these students’ chronic absenteeism is part of a condition called "school refusal" that may be triggered by anxiety, depression, family crises and other traumatic life events.

A Tale of Survival Amid the California Wildfires

The toll from the Northern California wildfires continues to mount. More than 40 people have perished. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Farms, cars, livelihoods, artifacts of lives lived. In times like these, sometimes the only thing people have to hold onto are the little stories of survival.

This one is about goats and one very loyal dog.

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Forest School Get Young Children Hands-On with Nature

The curriculum in 'forest school' is focused not on teaching academic skills but to help children develop essential physical, emotional, social and personal skills through free play in nature. A typical day at forest school the children may build den under a tree, investigate animal scats, help start a fire and eat lunch in the forest.

NCI - Lake Geneva WI

Nature's Classroom Institute in Lake Geneva is less than 1.5 hours from downtown Chicago, and less than 1 hour from Milwaukee. Our Lake Geneva site sits on the shores of Geneva Lake with ample woodlands, wetlands and open fields to explore. The property shares it's boundary with Big Foot Beach State Park which offers amazing marshes and bogs.
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