“Let the Wild Rumpus Start!”


Some of you may remember these words proclaimed by Max, the “King of the Wild Things” in Maurice Sendak’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are. Max’s words always ring in my head at the beginning of the new school year at Natural Science Academy. For many people, the word “wild” has a rather negative connotation when …

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Cool Summer at NSA


What a cool summer! I mean that both literally and figuratively. I’m sure Garden Club kids would agree. It’s been so pleasant to work in NSA’s gardens on the relatively cool, sunny days we’ve had this summer we’ve hardly had to squirt each other with water at all! (This does not mean that squirting has …

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Springing into Summer at NSA


For schools, spring is the busiest season and NSA is no exception. So now that testing season is behind us, the garden is in, the graduation ceremonies are over and school is out for the summer, I can get caught up on this photo blog that I’m supposed to be on top of. Lots has …

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Red Vests “Spring” into Outdoor Adventure!

Riding some serious chop on the Mississippi.

We love being outside in all weather here at NSA but even our intrepid explorers were becoming weary of slogging through the deep white stuff, each of us dressed in enough layers to clothe 6 people. So spring’s warmer temperatures and snow-free landscape was a welcome change after a robust winter. In April NSA kids …

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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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