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Wearing a face mask indoors is optional. Because we are a childcare facility and follow public health protocols, we have limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We appreciate your patience as we work to find a healthy balance of access and safety for our community.
As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.
The big rainfall recently took away our crabapple tree…Many generations of children have climbed this tree and the Maple Field looks empty without it. The tree had multiple spreading branches at the base and during the storm, they snapped, splitting the tree in half due to the heavy weight of the fruits, the strength of the wind, and the soaked soil. While it's always sad to say goodbye to our tree friends, it’s important to remember the cycle of life. We can also share the great memories we spent in its presence! This tree has served many purposes, from providing a space for campers to climb high up into its branches to exploring the myths and legends under its canopy... Last summer, a group of campers took care of ‘dragon eggs’ that were nestled in the trunk! The tree also provided a great hiding place for couples getting married at ALNC before they made their big entrance down the aisle. Having to take down the tree after the storm was not an easy decision and we'd like to thank ECO Tree Company for working with us and doing all of the hard work. We kept a few branches so the children can continue to climb and balance on what’s left of the tree. The children can also count the rings of what remains of the trunk. The tree left behind many crabapple fruits that will not go to waste as we find ways to honor its last yield. Some of the fruits collected will be used during Fall fest in games and for decoration. The Nature Schoolers are also going to make cider out of some. Even the rotting crabapples serve a purpose. A group of volunteers from BetterLife Insurance Company collected them and threw half of them in our compost and the rest in the woods to feed the deer and other wildlife. Many thanks to the crabapple tree and all of the years of joy it brought to the ALNC grounds. Thanks also to ECO Tree Company and BetterLife Insurance for helping us clean up our fallen friend.What is your favorite memory of the crabapple tree?#ThankfulThursday #WIEnviroEd #NatureIsEverywhere #NatureIsForEveryone #EveryBodyOutside ECO Tree Company BetterLife ...