TreeSong exists and continues with the support from you all, its generous community. Our current thank yous:
The first goes out to IQ Credit Union for their generous donation from their IQ for Kids foundation, which supports community causes that help improve the lives of children.
The second thank you goes out to Diane Routt and Jane Doudney for their donation of a laptop (which we sorely needed!).
We certainly appreciate the loving support! THANK YOU!!!
Featuring Monica Vilhauer, Ph.D.
In our culture there is a long-standing pressure to see nature – and all the living beings, landscapes, and formations that make up nature – as a “thing” to examine and predict, an “object” to know, but which has no intelligence nor knowing capability of its own. It is often depicted as a resource for us to use and use up according to our own needs and desires, without any sense that it might have its own intrinsic value, its own needs, its own interests. It has even been regarded as a vast plane of “matter” whose parts interact like a great machine that we can take apart, manipulate, and dominate without causing it any pain or harm. This lens through which we have long approached nature is, no doubt, at the heart of our tendency to abuse it, neglect it, or simply remain apathetic toward it.
What might it mean to re-think what nature is? What new lens for seeing nature might we cultivate? What new relationships might we forge with nature and how? Might we learn something about how to live by watching the ways plants, animals, and different eco-systems “do” the process of living? Might there be a way to listen to what nature has to tell us? Might it be possible to forge a partnership or friendship with nature in which we learn what other living beings’ interests are and care for them, even if they are different from our own?
These philosophical questions about nature, I’ve come to believe, cannot be answered in a classroom or with a string of power-point presentations at a conference. We must approach these questions by engaging the natural world, by spending time with, observing, and being “present” with the living beings that we have become so good at ignoring or separating ourselves from. This, to me, is the great value of a place like TreeSong. It is a way in – the doorstep into a place and an experience that has become foreign to us, but to which our own minds and bodies remain intimately connected somewhere deep in the memory and flesh of our species. You know it as soon as you arrive. This is a place for you to rediscover and understand anew what life in its broad sense is all about, while also rediscovering and understanding yourself as a natural being.
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Monica is offering a retreat on July 23-24, Philosophy of Nature: A 25-Hour Retreat for Men and Women, as well as a wonderful mosaic workshop, Nature Inspired Mosaics, on August 6th and 13th. Learn more about these offerings by clicking on the class name.
Monica Vilhauer, Ph.D.
Philosophy Professor, Artist and Lover of Nature
Featuring Linda Jo Hunter
Why Learn to Track?
The connection to nature has long been known to be a key ingredient to human health. High exposure to electronic realities makes this connection even more important. Tracking, the practice of visually observing the impressions on the earth made by animals and humans, is a lifelong learning project that yields riches of understanding, wonder, beauty and peace to the individual who pursues it. It is also a way to experience the outdoors with a great deal more safety and security than innocently wandering without a clue.
Isn’t Tracking Animals a Kids’ Activity?
Children love it when an adult points out raccoon tracks. They love to put their fingers in the exact spot where a raccoon stepped. However, once they stand up and look away, the image disappears for them and is usually replaced by all the other wonders around them. Learning to track animals takes adult skills of mental effort and discipline. The adult who has been studying tracking can be a great influence and mentor to children on hikes and during kids activities. In the process of learning to see animal sign, an adult learns a whole lot about natural history, habitat systems and the character and personalities of animals. This can be passed on to children indirectly, and perhaps as they grow and remember they will be interested in putting in the time and effort to learn in depth observation and story deduction based on visual sign.
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Linda is offering a series of tracking classes this Spring, Summer and Fall through TreeSong. These classes will be held offsite and are a rare and wonderful opportunity to learn about the natural world through the eyes of a master naturalist and tracker.
Click here to find out more.
Linda Jo Hunter
Artist, Tracker and Author of:
Lonesome for Bears, A Woman’s Journey in the Tracks of the Wilderness
Saturday, June 18, 4-7pm
Join us as we gather together to celebrate the changing of the season and TreeSong’s birthday with ceremony, community connection and art!
Please bring a potluck dish to share.
Hope you can join us!
Please RSVP, 360-837-8733, or email, email@example.com
Suggested donation: $5/person, $15/family
Our third annual Run Wild! Nature Adventures Family Fun Day was, well, a wild success! A whole lot of joy, learning and sweet connection was experienced by all.
A BIG thank you to Marlene Cowan for these beautiful photos AND to all the wonderful folks that volunteered to make our day the wonder that it was! (To see more photos from our Run Wild! day, click here.)
And here’s a wonderful video created by Natasha Logan with highlights of our day:
We’d like to express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors:
~ Skamania County Chamber of Commerce
~ 4Ever Growing Kids Consignment/Boutique, Camas, WA
~ New Seasons at Fisher’s Landing
~ Nancy Huckvale & Drue Pickens Family Dentistry
~ Chuck’s Produce (Kind bars)
~ Kind (bars)
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan (TreeSong water bottles)
~ A & J Market in Stevenson (apples and oranges)
Nature Adventures Family Fun Day
June 5, 2016, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Join us for our third Nature Adventures Family Fun Day! Dress up as a wild thing and join us for a day of running, walking, and soaring through beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake Park in Camas, WA. There will be fun and educational nature-based activity stations and a fun journey around the beautiful lakeside trail, as well as live-music, engaging games, art activities, face painting, and so much more…Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a glorious day of nature fun for all ages!!! Don’t miss it!
$15/child, $30/family with 2 or more children (Scholarships available)
Sign-in begins at 11:30am, last journey around the park begins at 3:00pm.
Fallen Leaf Lake Park is located at 2911 NE Everett St., Camas, WA 98607
A small but mighty band of ivy-pullers came together at TreeSong last Sunday. All the trees have been tended to and much ground ivy eradicated. Feels so very wonderful to care for the land. I’m pretty sure I can feel the trees breathing more easily, too. Thanks to the dedicated, loving folks that pitched in and made it happen!
Please join our stewardship team, led by Mila Carey-Bracke, as we spend the day pulling invasive English Ivy on our beautiful TreeSong land!
English Ivy is an invasive, non-native species which climbs up trees and spreads rapidly across the ground. Ivy can outcompete native plants, reducing animal foraging habitat. It inhibits regeneration of understory plants and kills understory and overstory trees by shading them out. Ivy can cause storm damage to trees due to its added weight in the canopy.
Please come and help us with our restoration efforts and get the opportunity to spend time in the beauty, on the Washougal river, that is TreeSong.
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Timeframe: 10:30-2:30 (come for all or part)
Tasks: Cutting Ivy off of trees and pulling ivy out of the ground.
What to bring: Your own lunch or snack, water, work gloves, work boots/shoes, rain gear (pants and coat) and a kneeling pad if your knees prefer it.
Audience: All are welcome! This activity is appropriate for all ages and no experience is necessary. (please note: Out of respect for our resident wildlife, TreeSong is a dog-free environment).
Our Spring Equinox Celebration on Sunday was a joyous gathering! Part of our day included creating art for the Global Art Project.
A big THANK YOU going out to Brecia Kralovic-Logan for bringing this inspirational and fun project to TreeSong, and to her daughter, Natasha Logan, for the creation of this wonderful video.
To learn more about the Global Art Project, visit the following link: