We’re humble people here at 2nd Nature Academy. We try not to brag or boast even though we are admittedly proud of our many achievements. However, when we recently read a wonderful article by Alexandra Sifferlin in the September 7 issue of TIME Magazine, we couldn’t help but feel very proud of what we do on a daily basis. The article is titled, “8 Ideas Making Schools Better for Kids” and we just have to ask: Ms. Sifferlin, you haven’t by chance been spying on us, have you? Although we highly recommend you read the piece in its entirety,…

the nature of things nashua nh healthy lunch recipe

What if I told you that lunch can be delicious, nutritious, colorful AND enjoyed by both parents and kids…and that it could be made ahead of time? Would you believe me? A great way to have lunches and snacks pre-made is to cook on Sunday and store meals away in tupperware. Check out these make-ahead lunches for inspiration! Want more tips on getting ready for the school year? Give our Back-To-School Checklist a go!  Meal 1: Over the weekend, roast a butternut squash, pop a whole chicken in the crockpot, and hard-boil a few eggs. This way, you can make…

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Squeeze every drop out of summer before it ends! NH is full of family events, all of which would be great to fit ito the final weekends of summer before school starts. Here’s just a few! (Looking for weekday activities for your kids? Check out our endless weekday fun at Camp Lovewell, in Nashua, NH). Friday, August 14th CHECK OUT THE LOST RIVER GORGE CAVES WITH AN EVENING LANTERN TOUR 8:00 PM –   N. Woodstock, NH Once dusk hits, take the family on a guided tour through caves and boardwalks, all shimmering with lanterns and headlamps.  Saturday, August 15th GET CREATIVE AT THE “ON…

nashua nh back to school 2nd nature academy the nature of things fall 2015

Are you ready for the fall? Our back-to-school checklist has you covered. Get your kids excited, organized, and brain-ready! Learn more about the school year at 2nd Nature Academy and Nature’s Pathways on our new website! Talk About It Transition can be a catalyst for anxiety or stress for your children. Whether they are nervous about their new teacher, worried about making new friends, or just not ready to get back into the swing of things, back-to-school can be hard. As the first day of school approaches, be sure to make it a point of conversation at home. Ask them…

Camp Lovewell The Nature of Things Nashua NH Larabar Recipe

Energy bars are expensive and often filled with sugar or artifical sweeteners…but it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s actually easy to make your own at-home Larabar with natural sweeteners and, while the ingredients aren’t cheap, the outcome is certainly cheaper than buying a case at the store. By keeping the nut to date ratio, and switching the other ingredients, there are endless flavor options! Try a lemon blueberry, apple pie, or a dark chocolate cherry bar. Or, a trail mix bar with macadamia nuts, white chocolate, and dried cranberries! Or, try out our other kid-friendly energy snacks. Keep…

camp lovewell recipe muesli cookie

Getting out of the house in the morning is a challenege, but it’s important to have a sufficient lunch and snack for summer camp activities. Your kids are outdoors all day, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and generally running around.  This muesli cookie recipe is quick and easy to prepare ahead of time. The “cookies” pack a punch of protein, and are just sweet enough to please the kids! Ingredients: 2 mashed bananas (ripe) 1/4 cup organic, unsalted peanut butter 1/4 cup raw honey 2 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Muesli (gluten-free optional) 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 tablespoon…

Camp Lovewell 2nd Nature Academy Nashua NH Camp Low Ropes

We’d like to formally introduce you to our ropes course! Whether it’s for elementary and middle school orientation, Camp Lovewell team building, staff training, or for field trips, our low ropes course is a learning tool that is not only skill-building, but fun! Using trained facilitators, we actively engage participants in a variety of team building games, activities, and low ropes elements that can challenge participants both physically and emotionally (following the Challenge by Choice philosophy, where participants have the right to choose the level of participation in any low ropes element). We focus on teaching values such as collaboration, communication, compassion,…

Spring is here, which means one thing: Rainy Days. Kids today have enough screen time as it is, and a rainy day shouldn’t be an excuse for a T.V. marathon or video game binge. Here are 10 enriching rainy day activities you can do with your kids this spring: 1. Bake or Cook Try out a new recipe for lunch or a sweet treat. You can even compile your favorite family recipes into a new and improved recipe book or creative recipe box.   2. Curb Boredom With a Board Game Play a game…sans game console or laptop. When’s the…

This past weekend, we celebrated Spring with our annual Pancake Breakfast. We were so grateful to have our wonderful families join us for the meal! We all enjoyed some delicious syrup from New Hampshire’s own Ben’s Sugar Shack. What you may not know, however, is that the students here at 2nd Nature Academy have been hard at work making their own maple syrup! Math, science, history, and economics are typically separate subjects—but our students are taught to think differently. Each year the students, armed with measuring tapes, clipboards, and pencils, descend upon the trees and get to work on tapping the maple trees on our farm…

The Nature of Things Nashua NH Dr. Seuss Week Education

Dr. Seuss once said, “adults are obsolete children.” Now, while that’s a bit harsh…there’s a bit of truth in it! When we let go of our childish enthusiasm, we tend to box ourselves in and forget life’s important lessons. Recently, we celebrated Dr. Seuss week at The Nature of Things–all the way from the little ones in Nature’s Pathways, to the older students at 2nd Nature Academy. As we read through some of Dr. Seuss’ works, there were some hidden messages that really stood out to us, and we think they’re worth keeping in mind, both as kids and as adults.…