Survival Skills: Food

It was the fourth day of my survival skills training & we were on the topic of food. Lessons ranged from trapping & skinning animals to leaching and cooking acorns. Our instructor, Tom Brown Jr., described how the notches on the traps had to be cut at precise angles, exact Read more…

Gifts from the Forest

Gratitude to those who planted and cared for this tree many years ago. These delicious mini persimmons are one of our favorite snacks this time of year at Big Oak Canyon. If you like wild greens, those are popping up as well. But this persimmon steals the show. Photo: Ron Read more…

Acorn Pancakes

Acorns can be found beneath southern California Oak trees in the mid to late fall. Acorns have been the staple food source for early Californians for thousands of years, and therefore, an important food to know how to prepare. Generally, November/December is the perfect time to gather acorns in Southern Read more…

2017 Impact Report

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir print version Earthroots continues to grow and thrive thanks to a dynamic staff and support from community members like you! So far, this year has been filled with Read more…

Ecological Literacy Training

Jodi Levine-Wright spent years exploring the state of California as a teacher with Naturalists at Large before returning to her hometown of Orange County to begin new adventures as the founder of Earthroots Field School. Jodi was steeped in a community of young environmental educators brimming with energy to share Read more…

Bring the Future Into Balance

End of year blog by Jodi Levine-Wright Every one of us understands that our personal health is directly connected to the health of our planet, the health of our ecosystems and the health of our organizations and communities. Feel yourselves be a part of something that’s transformative. ~John D. Spengler Read more…

2015 Year End Appeal Letter

Dear friend of Earthroots, Take a moment to think back on a time when you were sitting around the campfire. Perhaps you were telling stories and laughing with friends. You could see their faces by the glow of the fire and felt a connection with them and the natural world Read more…

Pine Needle Tea Party!

We recently had our first, of hopefully many, tea parties in Forest Kindergarten class. It was the idea of one of our Instructors, Stacey Anderson, who this summer attended a Forest School training where she was inspired to bring back what she learned. Another teacher at the training hosts tea Read more…

Cooking with Acorns

My favorite trails are littered with acorns from the recent big winds. This incredibly nutritious food has been feeding native people of our region for thousands of years and is used today by a wide spectrum of cultures. After reading this blog, I hope that you will feel inspired to Read more…