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House In The Wood is ACA Accredited!

House In The Wood has been accredited by the American Camp Association for many years. But those familiar with the ACA's accreditation process know that this mark of accountability does not last a lifetime; camps must work to keep it! ACA accredited camps are visited during programming once every three years and assessed on an…
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NEW Program-Recreational Tree Climbing

Just started a NEW program at House In The Wood...Recreational Tree Climbing!Join us for a day of hanging our in the trees.We can run six lines up in the tree. Once up in the tree, you can climb as high as your rope, sit on a branch, stand on a branch, or even sit in…
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Just Opened…New Outdoor Education Center

WOW!That is what most people say when they walk into our new OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER. As one our our new user put it "the website does not do you justice".The Entrance to Our New CenterDownstairs--the Birdwatching Area with Bird NestThe Classroom in the TreesOur Herps--Turtle, Tortoise, Frogs, Toads, Snakes!Our Nature Center with Interactive Things to…
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Five Months Later–New OEC Building

The SCHEDULE...Building finished in TWO weeks!Furnishings installed in TWO weeks!Our Herps-Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Toads and Frogs in THREE weeks!Giant Bird Nest in FOUR weeks!AmeriCorps & Volunteer setup help in FIVE weeks!EVERYTHING DONE in SIX weeks!DONOR DEDICATION for Board Members on Thursday, October 1.OPEN HOUSE for general public on Saturday, October 17 from 1pm to 3pm.EDUCATORS…
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Dedicate NEW Pat Jaszka Meeting Center

We had a special celebration for Pat Jaszka prior to our annual Board Day to dedicate the NEW meeting center named for her and gifted by her family. Ms. Jaszka was a long time employee of Northwestern Settlement where she was responsible for emergency services and summer camp registration. Many of our former campers have…
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NEVER saw this at House In The Wood!

This is the first time that I have seen Pilated Woodpeckers at House In The Wood. I was giving a tour at the marsh boardwalk and heard their VERY distinctive "maniacal laugh". There they were--a pair of Pilated Woodpeckers flying from tree to tree. I am so excited--maybe they will mate here and stay around…
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First Signs of Spring

I was away from House In the Wood for five days at a Science Teachers Conference and Spring is busting out all over camp.Today......I saw and heard the Sandhill Crane. I saw it circling the marsh as though looking for a special place to land. Their call is a very distinctive trilling honk....I saw and…
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LOOK UP! Kool sky event.

SEE THIS SKY EVENT EVEN IN CHICAGO.Venus, the thin crescent Moon, and a little Mars form a tight bunch in the west-southwest during and after dusk as shown below. On February 20, they fit in a circle just 2 degrees across at the times of dusk with the Moon below. On February 21, they fit…
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Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird CountFebruary 13—16, 2015The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun, free, family-friendly activity to engage experienced birders in citizen science, and the perfect opportunity to introduce new people to birdwatching. Participating in the count is as simple as counting birds for as few as 15 minutes on one or more days…
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Winter Reveal! Look Who Was Living Here!

When the leaves drop I am always AMAZED at who was living so close to me and I didn't EVEN know it. Take a look...A Bald-Faced Hornet nest in the parking lot.Robin Nest Made of Mud, Grass and SticksRed Winged Black Bird Nest in MarshBird Nest Made of Small Sticks in Marsh-Bird Unknown Muskrat Home on…
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