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Storytelling

Brigid Fox | Brevard, NC  When I think back to my childhood and some of the stories I heard from my parents, I smile at the images that come to my mind. My favorite was one that my father told often about cooties and the spoon that found…
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Play

Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC  One of the places that the children play is an open area of grass, with some large beautiful boulders, and an old hemlock tree. There are boundaries that the children learn and respect. They understand how they…
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Water Water Everywhere

By Janna Carlson | Brevard, NC Living in a temperate rainforest comes with the good, the bad, and the sloppy. Grab some rain boots, a good book, or settle in for good times inside and out. Snuggling up at home, in your pajamas, with your…
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Mountain Sun Community School Raises Trout with Trout Unlimited

Kayla Leed | Brevard, NC Each year the Monarch class (grades 4-6) at Mountain Sun Community School raise trout from eggs in the classroom. The local Trout Unlimited chapter provides the class with all the materials needed to raise trout,…
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Backpacking with the Coyotes

Brevard, NC | Janna Carlson Plans change and often for the better. On a recent backpacking trip with the Coyote class, we made the decision to delay our departure by a day to avoid a downpour. We managed to miss the storm and maintain…
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Experiential Learning at Mountain Sun Community School

Kim Skeen | Brevard, NC Our journey began with a silent hike down a steep and winding trail, minds full of anticipation and excitement for a different kind of school week. As the trail came to an end, the landscape opened up into the beautiful…
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Mountain Sun Students Work with Birds at Southern Appalachian Raptor

By Kayla C. Leed | Brevard, NC Mountain Sun students trekked to the the Big Bald Banding Station to aid the Southern Appalachian Raptor Research Center (SARR) in their conservation practices. On September 14th and 15th, the Monarch (4th-5th…
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Mountain Sun Community School’s Pack of Coyotes Embark on First Backpacking Journey

By Kayla C. Leed | Brevard, NC At Mountain Sun Community School, learning about the history of Transylvania County and its natural resources is not confined to the classroom and textbooks. The Middle School students, also known as the…
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Man, Nature Makes Me Uncomfortable

Nick Pearl | Brevard, NC Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” This quote encompasses my love of outdoor education. Each time I enter the wild places, I learn a lesson I did not anticipate. As…