What are waldkinder? The word is from the German ‘wald’ (wood) and ‘kinder’ (children). The ‘waldkindergarten’ of Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and more recently, U.S., are schools where young children spend their days, rain or shine, out of doors. They walk and explore local landscapes as a means of learning broader truths about how our world works. I love this ethos, and am attempting a conscious effort at incorporating this ideal into our daily lives.
We live in Westwood, California, a small mountain town at 5,000 ft. in northeastern California along the Sierra-Cascade divide. We may lack bookstores, coffee shops, and ready-made entertainment, but we abound in opportunity for unmediated contact with woods, water, trees and sky. “Woods Children” our daughters will be, if we take the time to lead them into our wild, mountainous and expansive backyard. This humble blog is my attempt to share our explorations of this place we call home.