Just before the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program took a break for winter, they were engaged with some naturalists challenges. One of them was a fire making challenging involving small group of students, to see who could pop a balloon full of water first using only flames.
Here students Alex, Dannielle and Ryan work together to feed the fire, while Trevor blows air into the structure to make the flames grow more quickly.
And here is the moment of triumph, when the water in the balloon doses the flames!
Another naturalist challenge involved being led to a tree while blindfolded, then led away and having to find that same tree when the blindfold is removed.
Here student Miles uses his other senses to meet a tree. Later, he successfully found his way back to this same beautiful bigleaf maple tree!