Tryon Creek Adventures

Families gather at Tryon Creek State Natural Area for our recent spring field trip. We access the natural areas within our city where we can extend the classroom and nourish children’s connections with nature. Children enjoy being together in the woods – exploring, hiking and climbing. Adults take in the lush beauty and visit as we weave through the forest. 










As we hike, we split into two groups so we can notice the details of the forest around us. Some get a close look at the beaver-gnawed stump. Others find fallen moss and squish it up into their hands. Some stop to check out a dead mouse observing it’s big ears and long whiskers. Others notice the dried mud & root clump beneath an overturned tree and wonder how many worms must have been crawling beneath.

Forest Bingo cards provide images of treasures that can be found along the way. Children look for each corresponding leaf, plant or animal. 


A beautiful fallen tree provides the perfect climbing structure and balance beam.    







After visiting the forest, we return to our own nature playscape adjacent to our classroom. Children balance on tree stumps in the ever-changing obstacle course, turn over garden stones to uncover squirming worms, and investigate the barely-visible, newly hatched spiders. Our natural world exploration continues–this time even closer to home.





Open House/Hop To It!

We held our annual Open House in conjunction with our annual rabbit-themed event this year, Hop to It!  A special thank you to HFP alumni parent, Karin McTeague of Sinfullysoft for bringing her beautiful Angora rabbits for us to hold and pet! Thanks also to HFP alumni parent, Liz Eisman, who took time away from Embodiment, her yoga and massage practice, to assist those meeting the newborn rabbits. Just as she does in her professional work, Liz brought attentiveness, tenderness and joy to the visiting young people and furry critters.

We were pleased to offer rabbit-themed activities for the community to share. 


HFP student alum, Georgia, shared her facepainting talents along with our friend, Tess Scholl. Both volunteered their time to make this event special and memorable. If you are in need of post-partum assistance, Tess provides family support in Portland and the surrounding areas. Please visit her website for more information. 


Children created artwork and munched on rabbit-themed snacks of carrot muffins, carrots, and bunny crackers. 



Bunny tails and ears were seen hopping around every corner of our play yard..



Thanks to all who came out and braved the cold! Great fun was had by all. We’re already looking forward to next year!