...Chief Jake Swamp was a founder of the Tree of Peace Society, an international organization promoting peace and conservation. Chief Swamp delivered the Thanksgiving Address throughout the world, as well as at the United Nations. He was born on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in upstate New York, and lived in Hogansburg, NY where he worked as a cultural adviser for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Child and Family Services. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message was his first picture book. He passed away in October 2010.
BEan IN NATURE IS happy to announce that BEan IN NATURE has a new online outdoor nature educatioin learning resource! BEan has during the time of the shelter in place, after a 2 weeks at the announcement of the close of schools, programs, camps, an non essential workers working, in March, has worked tirelessly, rapid fire turn on a dime, flying close to the sun, WITH a herculean effort, on the part of Amazing BEan staff, has made the switch from being an outdoor school to an online one!
WELCOME BEan REgenerative Earth & Science Virtual Learning Program!
Many of you are at home with younglings, tweens, teens and trying to find things to keep them busy, while still learning something.
BEan online is here for you! We have quite a few interactive kids programs up, and more will be added every day.
There will also be adult offerings starting soon as well!
Email Marisa Bean
READ what Jennie, mom of 3 amazing young naturalists, scientists, artists and amazing little humans, that we have the honor to have in our program, shared:
I am the parent of three kids, ages 6, 9, and 12. My 12 year old has been part of BEan in Nature classes and camps for five years, and my younger children are following in his path. As I have fallen in love with the design, philosophy, and spirit of the program, I have been humbled to accept the invitation to join the staff as a teacher for a few homeschool classes and administrative work. When we began homeschooling, I debated putting my son into a nature class, since my husband and I are always ready to initiate a hike, join a camping trip, or take a few days to backpack in the wilderness, we wondered if our outdoor inclinations were *enough* for our kids. However, we also knew that our kids would benefit from others' perspective and love of nature, and that we have much to learn about the natural world, so we decided to give BEan in Nature a try. We were so inspired to see our son come alive with facts about nature, enhanced awareness for the environment, and a new comfort to enjoy learning in an outdoor environment. We even appreciated him addressing some of our habits that were not eco-friendly! We realized we would be remiss not to enroll him in another semester ... and another semester became a year ... became another year ... became camps ... became another of our kids joining BEan in Nature ... then another ... then personally teaching for the program.
As a family we are protective of our time and trying to play the schedule-simplifying game, but BEan in Nature is always on our non-negotiable list -- we can not let these classes go!
While we are now in this unusual time of shelter-in-place, BEan in Nature has provided my children and myself with a tremendous amount of resources to shift our energy to anchor ourselves in getting outdoors, EVEN if in our own backyards, connecting, playing, engaging. Learning, playing and enjoying nature with each other online!!! We are doing it! It works!!! The teachers are phenomenally talented and knowledgeable! We are so grateful!
I believe BEan in Nature has opened our childrens' eyes to nature in a way they will carry their whole lives. Although she is reluctant to receive the credit, the director of the program (Marisa Bean), has a philosophy of creating opportunities for kids to fall in love with nature. I believe it is this philosophy that keeps our family coming back for more; yes, the concerns for our Earth's health are overwhelming, but we know our young children can only shoulder so much. We agree with the program philosophy of letting kids love nature, and trusting they will be inspired to grow as individuals who have a passion for the environment (while providing them with bite-size eco-awareness along the way)! The other day we were hiking in the lovely Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, and encountered a banana slug. While this creature could have been a quick glance and move on moment, it became a huge conversation with me and my kids. They started sharing many funny and interesting stories from their BEan in Nature camps and classes, and I felt so thankful for all they have learned.
Sometimes it takes a banana slug to center me and help me appreciate the opportunities my children have! I am so thankful that we have found a program that makes the world feel so open to my kids, all the while making me feel assured as a parent that they have strong and safe boundaries as they adventure.
As a mom who is always on the go, I struggle to slow down, but I am so thankful that BEan in Nature has helped my kids enjoy the banana slugs in life, and a benefit of being a parent in the program, I have learned to more readily put down my phone and enjoy the slugs myself.