Bird Skeletons and Avian Physiology

Before the advent of airplanes, people mimicked the design of bird skeletons in hopes of achieving the freedom of flight. A great many flapping and gliding contraptions were conceived and tested, endeavors that yielded only a sense of disappointment and a few good lessons about flight dynamics. Others involved in similar experiments were far less […]

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Kamana in the city

City-fied Kamana

I find it amusing that I’m sometimes labeled an “urbanite.” It’s amusing because I’d never label myself that way. Why? Because not two days before writing these words, I was sitting on my back deck at dusk and a white-tailed buck sauntered across my yard within 20 feet of me while in the hollow oak […]

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Confessions of a Busy Naturalist

I remember sitting on the dock at the lake house, where I lived during my time at WAS, in early spring with my friend Michelle. We were watching the sunset, talking about our boy troubles. When it got chilly, we went inside and had some friends over for a delicious home-cooked meal, after which we […]

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The Immersion Blog – Winter Guild Week – The Way of the Scout

During the The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School Guild Weeks students can choose from a variety of passion-based skills, such as entering the Mind of a Scout. This past week I had the awesome opportunity to participate in three amazing days of training in “the ways of the scout”. The scout is a member of […]

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The Immersion Fall Village Week

Village Week – October 27-29 2015 What a week full of fun! We gathered with our class this week for our first of three Village Weeks we will have throughout the year. We all headed into the week with a sense of mystery and unknown as there was not much telling of what we would […]

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Awareness Games

I’m writing today to share some fun games that you can play with your family! Sherlock Game You can support your family’s awareness skills by asking them about the details of their environment. Maybe a person walking a dog passes you on a trail; you can then ask your child questions about their clothing, their […]

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Awareness is the Key

What makes the Kamana program unique? There are many places you can learn about nature. Some states have Master Naturalist Programs, there are nature schools that teach many classes, and colleges have majors in biology and ecology. So why Kamana? I was in my senior year of college (studying biology) when I started Kamana One. […]

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Back to Basics: The Sit Spot as Daily Practice

I’m pretty upfront when it comes to telling people about Kamana. “I don’t care if you never buy the program, or if the books just sit on your shelf,” I say. “AS LONG AS YOU GO TO YOUR SIT SPOT EVERY DAY!” Those green books and binders are a fantastic way to help you pay […]

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The Barefoot Boy

“Community school is the place where we can be ourselves — without the masks we wear in our everyday lives,” my son Webster said in his student address at the recent Wilderness Awareness School Community School auction. But how does one come to know one’s self? I believe that, for Webster, it has come from consistent […]

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