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Shady Creek Summer Camp 2016

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

    Shady Creek Summer Camp 2016 Flyer

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Meet White Wolf

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

Hi, my name is Sean Gill. I am a naturalist intern, which means that I am out of college with a degree, and this is my first year as a naturalist. However, at Shady Creek, I don’t go by Sean – I go by White Wolf. I’ve come to consider it my second identity, my alter ego, if you will. Strangely though, my alter ego isn’t quite what I expected it to be, which also sums up my experience at Shady Creek as an intern. I never thought I would have done so much in these last 9 months that I have, and I’ve grown more than I expected. That growth didn’t start here, but it has certainly sped up when I...

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Naturalists’ Day Off

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

What do the naturalists of Shady Creek do when they find themselves with no students at the camp? They go visit students at their schools. A couple of weeks ago, myself and eight other naturalists went to visit three schools and have some fun in the city. Our first stop was Excelsior School. We got there just in time to catch the second half of recess. Some of us, like myself, learned how to play wall ball. Others were challenged to a game of knock out. Madrone hung around and talked with students, questioning them about what they’d learned that morning. Yeti even got his hair...

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Naturalist Spotlight: Owl

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

Hello, my name is Owl, and I have the privilege of being a volunteer naturalist at Shady Creek. About two years ago, having recently retired, I was looking for some kind of opportunity to help nurture children’s love for nature and their understanding of their relationship to the environment.  I discovered Shady Creek Outdoor School not far from my home, and upon hearing about their classes and meeting the staff and naturalists, I realized I had found the perfect place. I asked Quail, the director, if I could be involved in this wonderful project and was given a warm reception which I came...

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Birding to Awaken Wonder Fundraiser

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

Birding to Awaken Wonder Fundraiser

Birding to Awaken Wonder is a fundraiser for bird education put on by the Woodleaf Legacy Birding Team for Shady Creek Outdoor School. The goal of our team is to see 2015 bird species around the world in 2015. Our birding team is made up of former Woodleaf Outdoor School and Shady Creek Outdoor School naturalists who have a passion for birding and want to contribute to bird education in California. The Woodleaf Legacy Birding Team will be looking for different birds throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa in hopes of reaching or surpassing our goal of 2015 species of birds....

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Working With The Raptors

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Naturalist Blog | 0 comments

Hi, my name is Redwood and I am a student naturalist here at Shady Creek! I first heard about the student naturalist program during my senior year of high school. Interested in taking a year off before college to try something new and out of my comfort zone, I decided to visit Shady Creek to see what it was all about. I immediately fell in love with the program as soon as I stepped on to the property. One part in particular that clearly stood out in my mind was visiting the raptor center. At the time, Shady Creek’s raptor center was home to Shasta, a Bald Eagle, and Roja, a Red-tailed Hawk....

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