Annual Audubon Adventure!


The 4th and 5th grade Otters are back at their “Junior/Senior” trip to Audubon Center of the Northwoods! Is it too cold to do all the fun things we had planned outside? Heck no! Have a look at the hardy souls outside (and inside) soaking up the winter adventure. Here’s some shots of our first …

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Marvelous Math! The journey to becoming “numerate”.


I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, just the thought of math sent me into a panic. I know now that it wasn’t the fault of mathematics that I had such a negative reaction, it was the way I was taught. Back then, rushing children and not giving them the chance …

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Admissions Open House Thursday January 16, 6-7:30

What color is your parachute?

Where is your child’s learning adventure headed? A new school, such a big decision! Whether you are checking out kindergarten to begin your young adventurer’s learning journey or are looking to change course for a first to fifth grader, the Natural Science Academy team would love meet you. On Thursday January 16th from 6:00-7:30 pm prospective parents …

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SO Fond of Fall…


Fall is such a time of new beginnings. Even as the natural world winds down to weather the cold that is to come, humans become busy and draw close. This is the time of year when historically it was important to stay connected to your community for survival and comradarie. While surviving the coming winter …

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We’ve taken the “L.E.A.P.”! Project L.E.A.P. that is.


On Wednesday August 21st, braving the steamy conditions, a group of dedicated and determined parents, teachers, grandparents, kids and other friends of NSA turned out to launch Project L.E.A.P. – Learn, Explore and Play. We planted, placed logs and stumps for investigating and climbing, built compost bins, and many other heavy-labor sorts of tasks. One …

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Leap’in Leopards! Amphibians Crash Final Garden Club!

He couldn't have dressed any better for toad holding!

On Wednesday August 7th, another bumper crop of young gardeners showed up to the last Garden Club of the summer. It was a sunny, yet cool morning and we were happy to welcome some new NSA classmates!   The morning unfolded as it often does, almost magically. We sent the kids out to gather observations …

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Ready, Aim, Archery!

Our outdoor range.

Early one RAINY Saturday morning 3 teachers traveled a flooded interstate freeway to Owatonna, Minnesota. Were they crazy? Well, it depends on what one considers crazy. (I prefer to characterize us as adventurous and determined.) Determined to earn their BAI (Basic Archery Instructor) certification so they could use the beautiful new archery equipment their school …

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Young Plant Biologists at Work – Summer Garden Club Up and Running!

A sixth of our radish harvest gets cleaned up.

All the rain that fell from the first Garden Club to the second really put the plant growth in overdrive! So the first order of the day was to reduce competition for resources between our food plants and the invaders (weeds) by removing said weeds. That would be about 60% of the plant growth we …

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In case you missed it …

In case you missed the broadcast of Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound featuring the Natural Science Academy, here is the video online. Please share! And many thanks to Ron Schara and the Minnesota Bound crew! This is the link to Minnesota Bound page.

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NSA on Minnesota Bound!

Mr. Schara and the NSA Otters practice their wolf howl.

Ron Schara and the NSA Otters practice their wolf howl. On Sunday March 3, at 10:30 pm on KARE11 tv, Natural Science Academy will be featured on Minnesota Bound, a weekly program dedicated to outdoor sports and activities. Now if that’s past your bedtime, it will be rebroadcast on Saturday March 9, at 6:30 pm …

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