Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day
Sassafras Earth Education will host an Indigenous Peoples' Day event at Felix Neck on Monday in collaboration with the Aquinnah Cultural Center.
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Holiday Meal Origins Hold Some Hard Truths
Will Sennott
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, two members of the Wampanoag Tribe held a gathering on Saturday entitled The Thanksgiving Myth Busted.
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The Thanksgiving Myth Busted
On Saturday, Nov. 16 Sassafras Earth Education will host a potluck conversation entitled The Thanksgiving Myth Busted.
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Sassafras Summer Pilot Program for Teens
Sassafras Earth Education will host a pilot program for seven consecutive Mondays this summer for teens ages 14 and older.
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Light Your Fire
Sassafrass Earth Education is offering a special workshop for teens and adults on Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Celebrate the Solstice at Sassafras
A warm fire, tasty potluck and live music and dancing are in order on Saturday, Dec.21, as Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah celebrates the winter solstice.
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Exploring With Sassafras This Fall

Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah has a full lineup of events during the off-season. There’s Nature’s Nest for young children on Fridays, Squirrels and Coyotes for the 6 to 14 year-old set on Sundays, and some Saturday events for “wild families.” If mom and dad are interested in seeking a deeper connection with nature, there are special events for them as well. A couple of upcoming workshops include a Saturday, Oct. 19, offering on bird language and then Nov. 16 features an open fire cooking session using locally harvested foods.

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Giving Girls a Natural Foundation
Alison L. Mead

In 2003, Saskia and David Vanderhoop started Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah as a one-week summer camp. Since then it has grown into a year-round program with camps every week during the summer and programs throughout the year for both youth and adults. The intention is to teach participants a variety of outdoor skills while encouraging them to reconnect with the natural world.

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Earth Education Experience For Kids Begins This Week

Sassafras Earth Education begins its fall programming this month. Outdoor home-schoolers program begins on Oct. 5 and meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is for childeren kindergarten age and up. Dress for outdoors and bring a snack, lunch and water bottle.

Girls in the Woods begins on Oct. 7 and will meet weekly every Thursday after school, from bus pickup until 6 p.m. This program is for girls ages 8 to 14 and includes outdoor time picking edibles, making fires, cooking, crafting, talking and singing.

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