Jewelweed has healing properties.  After washing away any remaining oils should one come in contact with poison ivy, jewelweed can be used to soothe and stop the itch by rubbing the gel contained within the stem’s nodes directly onto the skin.  The leaves are water-repellent and can look like they are covered in jewels after it rains, contributing to the name.  The seeds of this plant, when ready to germinate, are launched over 15 feet after the seedpod literally “erupts”.  Quite an adaptation for survival – this feat of nature may be viewed, of course if your timing is right!

We timed it right last week when hiking with environmental educator Lucy Meigs of Everyone Outside!  In addition to jewelweed, students considered the difference between red, white and pin oak leaves, how minerals are formed, biotic and abiotic factors that support an ecosystem, and so much more.

Witch Hazel leaf


Indeed, this was another full week at CELC.  Math, grammar, history, science, literature circle, and Spanish are among the plethora of subject areas in which students are involved.  Small groups make learning very personal, real, and alive. Students spend a great deal of time interacting, sharing thoughts and ideas, focusing, communicating with teachers and one another.  It is no wonder that the classroom feels rich and full.

Drawing class

Whatever the weather, CELC carries on with the journey of learning and discovery.  It did happen to be raining that afternoon at Braemore Park Preserve – just another feature of having time in the woods.writing time



spider look