SPARK Forest Thursdays

We now have a new type of day…SPARK Forest Thursdays! Every week we will meet at Imago, a 16 acre urban nature preserve, just 5 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. This is an opportunity for us to explore, create, and play while immersed in nature. Through this partnership with Imago we will continue our self-directed learning approach while engaging in the natural world and developing sustainable life skills. SPARK Forest Thursdays will be less structured with just one topic/offering to guide our day and allow time to connect with nature, our imaginations, and digging deeper into topics. We will have a hired educator from Imago lead offerings/activities throughout the school year. Programming could also include service learning projects at Imago such as habitat restoration, pollinator gardening, collecting seeds, trail maintenance, or building a nature playscape.

EXAMPLE OF Daily Schedule

9:30am – 10:00am: Arrival & Setup
10:00am – 10:15am: Opening Circle & Intro of Daily Topic
10:15 – 11:00am: Activity around Daily Topic
11:00am – 12:00pm: Lunch & Free Time
12:00 – 2:00pm: Exploration in Forest/Dig Deeper Activity
2:00 – 2:30pm: Clean Up & Departure 

Potential Topics & Activities

  • Pollinator gardening, veggie gardening

  • Habitat restoration

  • Harvesting seeds, planting seeds

  • Sensory scavenger hunts

  • Nature journaling

  • Zero waste, Upcycling

  • Composting, worm composting

  • Soil building & lasagna sheet mulching

  • Plant, animal and insect identification

  • Harvesting & cooking from the garden

  • Arts & crafts with nature

  • Wildcrafting, foraging

  • Make your own plant-based products

  • Survival Skills

  • Food systems, local & sustainable food

  • Homesteading

  • LARP in the forest

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We do have an indoor area to utilize for activities with an updated, full kitchen and 2 bathrooms! We will be outside for at least part of the day year round in all safe weather conditions. Please prepare your family with weather-appropriate clothing, shoes, water bottle, and a change of clothes. We are on property open to the public, with heavily wooded areas and water elements. Parents/caregivers must be aware of these elements and guide children accordingly.

limited spots available & priority goes to current members!

Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.
— Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods