Author Archives: Mary Russell

About Mary Russell

I'm a "multipotentialite", turning my passions into careers. My main passions are learning, teaching, creativity, adventure, and compassion.

Without Walls

There’s a popular quote often said by nature preschool and forest kindergarten teachers, when asked about whether or not children who have been diagnosed with ADHD can “handle” being outdoors. It goes like this, “Kids don’t bounce off the walls … Continue reading

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I’ll premise my upcoming statements on the fact that I’ve successfully maneuvered through 8 years of primary school, 4 years of high school, 5 years of undergraduate work (two degrees), 2 years of graduate school, and over 70 additional credits … Continue reading

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My life has been full of changes – new jobs with new colleagues, new places in new landscapes, and new friends bringing new relationships. I don’t regret making any of them, and find it useful to reflect on the challenges … Continue reading

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Sometimes, people are more important than place

I’ve been waking up each morning, later and later. I’ve been staying up at night, later and later. My search for the perfect place, becomes more elusive. My memories of the perfect face, becomes more clear. Today, I received a … Continue reading

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Family Nature Scavenger Hunt

    Much can be discovered by wandering through back yards, streets, woods, and streams of the places where we live. Exploring new and yet-to-be discovered places with family and friends, building forts, creating tiny villages, hunting and gathering, and … Continue reading

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Spending Time Outdoors with Children

Children are out of school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, due to the health threats posed by the Covid-19 virus, sweeping the world. I’m here to prove to you that it’s okay! Your children won’t forget anything … Continue reading

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KIDS WANTED for Nature School Adventures September 2020 – May 2021

We have spots available at Journeys Out Yonder in our Nature and Forest School Program WE WILL BE: Eating healthy snacks Keeping hydrated Going on Adventures on foot and bike Visiting libraries Climbing trees and bouldering Getting dirty and wet … Continue reading

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Compassion Kindergarten Camp

I’m recreating my vision for JOY. By the end of August I’ll be starting Compassion Kindergarten Camp for children who live in the Frasier Meadows community and who seek an outdoor, place-based program for their kindergarteners. I’ll pick your children … Continue reading

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

The American Dream: get a college degree and a high paying job. Meet the love of your life, get married, buy a house, have some kids, and retire young enough to enjoy your grandchildren and travel the world…. I think … Continue reading

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Journeys Out Yonder for Adult Adventure, Learning and Fun

I’ve decided to move away from the idea of offering JOY to young people, and towards the idea of helping retirees custom design their Colorado-based Journeys Out Yonder. As more and more adults retire, there are more opportunities to travel … Continue reading

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