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Sunday Fun-Day

Volunteer at House In The Wood to do activities with our Summer Campers. Plan a 45 minute program that would appeal to 7 to 12 year old boys and girls. If you would like to volunteer but don’t have an activity idea, call me—everyone has great things to offer our children. I can help you…
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The Boys Are Back in Town

The male Red Wing Blackbirds have returned to the marshes of House In the Wood. They are all spreading their wings and letting out a LOUD conk-la-ree trill. In Blackbird language: STAY AWAY! THIS IS MY AREA! Once they establish AND KEEP their area, they will try to attract the females who arrive a few…
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Book Outdoor Education in 2016-17

We invite you to book your day trip or overnight Outdoor Education experience for the 2016-17 school year! When you and your students visit House In The Wood you can look forward to: New Standards-Based Curriculum Pre/Post Curriculum Assessments Programming Customized for Your Priorities Exciting Recreational Activities (Like Tree Climbing & Archery!) Beautiful New Buildings…
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Review: Corkery Elementary

A Chicago Public School, Corkery Elementary brought a group of students to House In The Wood for the first time this past spring of 2016. They came for an overnight stay with two days of programming and it was a really great experience for the students, teachers and our staff alike! 56 of Corkery's fifth graders…
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Our Library

A BIG thanks to the Shannon Family for our new library that was completed in July 2011...It is my absolutely favorite place to read at House In The Wood. it has comfy couches, good books, great light and a nice view when I look up from my book.More information about House In The Wood at…
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OEC Staff Training-May 2012

We had another staff training on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. And wouldn't you know it--I forgot to take pictures. I was training the third grade trail leaders--Adam, Catie, Mary. Ashley was the fourth grade trail leader trained by Alex. And Colleen trained the cabin counselors--Todd, Chris, Megan, Amanda, Kindrick. We also trained…
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Parents: 10 Reasons Kids Need Fresh Air

Parents: 10 Reasons Kids Need Fresh Air. Click! The National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There Campaign aims to educate tens of million of U.S. moms and dads on the importance of helping their kids have more time outdoors and providing tools to do so. Click here for MORE ideas from National Wildlife Federation on spring activities,…
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More Spring Flowers at House In The Wood

The Dandelion. We all know the Dandelion--the scourge of the beautiful green lawn. But I have to confess that I have always liked them. They seem so cheery and I have always enjoyed blowing the seed puffs.White Flower? and Creeping Charlie Do you know what the white flower is? The purple flower is what my Dad always…
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Orioles ARE BACK!

Wow--just saw a Baltimore Oriole. They are just beautiful--black and bright, bright ORANGE. I will try to get a picture!There is a Wren making a nest right outside our window at Elliott House. It is working so very hard bringing twigs into our green bird feeder. Terry and I are trying to figure out how…
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