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January Lessons


Welcome to Your January Box Lessons & Story!

Below you will find videos and the Audio Story for this month.   This month, we have a Weather Skills Journal, a Stone Pendant Nature Craft, a Natural Cordage Skills Activity, A Forest Story called "Surviving the Extremes" and your own Portable Thermometer to help you learn about weather that you can attach your pack or jacket!   Enjoy, have fun, and remember that you can send us an email about your experiences or any questions at 

Forest Story Audio
Surviving the Extremes

One of my very first nature crafts was making a spoon from a piece of sassafras from the woodpile during my first class in wilderness survival.  This story shares what it taught me and how those lessons help me every day.

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Stone Pendants:   
Finding Your Nature Symbol

This video shares how to work with stones that were gathered by a lake near Hawk Circle, to make beautiful carved symbols that have personal meaning and power for you.   This is a project that students have loved at our Hawk Circle Summer Camp for decades and we are excited to share it with you!

Natural Fiber Cordage Skills

There is one thing I know about being in the wilderness that is super useful, and it's how to make your own string or rope or cord out of natural fibers.

This lesson is all about how to make 'Reverse Wrap' natural cordage.   It's really awesome and easy and once you know how to do it, you can make it with all kinds of different types of fibers!


Weather Journal:  Being Prepared for Change

The skills of observing, feeling and listening to what nature is telling us are powerful because they allow us to know what is about to happen NEXT.   They give us clues every day, and it's exciting to make predictions and 'figure it out'.   It's easy with our weather journals to get started on learning clouds and paying attention to he changes going on around us every day.  This video will show you how!

Weather Journal: 
Additional Pages Download

If you run out of pages to fill out in your weather journal, here is a PDF that you can download and print, so you can keep going!    Try these challenges to really ramp up your skills.


Five Day Challenge-Keep track of the weather changes three times a day for five days!

Ten Day Challenge-Keep track of the weather once a day for ten days!

Thirty Day Challenge-  Keep track of the weather for a whole month, once a day!

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