Collecting Seeds at Kettle Cove Beach

This is a staple field trip every year and a favorite among children and their guardians. We explored Kettle Cove beach (in Cape Elizabeth) and its surrounding trails. The kids walked the trails in their socks to collect seeds.


We also collected nature’s finds along the way, like rocks, sticks, pretty leaves, apples (yes!), animal feathers, empty cans, bottles, pieces of garbage, flowers, shells – their bags and buckets filled up quickly.

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After a picnic with kids and parents at the beach the kids enjoyed playing in the little stream, feeling the sand underneath their feet, balancing on wooden wiggly beams, inspecting the seaweed and discovering new objects, running and climbing on the bridge, and playing imaginary games of sea captains, boat builders and beach ballerinas. Life is fun when it’s at the beach!


We spotted students continuing trying out the “does it float or does it sink?” method, like L. with the yellow boat. Jumping in in and out of the pools of water was a favorite of course as well.

A field trip means that parents are invited to join, which is a highlight for the children, and it makes especially the new students like C. feel more comfortable while we still get to know each other and while we learn, discover, and play together in those early weeks of school. We had a full outdoor classroom with at least one parent per child present at this field trip. Woohoo! It was FUN! Thanks for coming out in one of those last nice September days!

Elsmere Barbecue Non Profit Night to Benefit CNS


Join us at Elsmere Barbecue for a Non Profit Night fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Nursery School !

“The Children’s Nursery School (CNS) is a co-operative preschool nestled in the courtyard of downtown’s historic State Street Church. Daily, students nurture meaningful friendships while challenging their social, emotional, creative and intellectual boundaries.”

A portion of proceeds between 4 and 9 pm will be donated to The Children’s Nursery School.

Learn more on our Facebook event.

The Grand Bazaar was a huge success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors!


Entertainment will include: Matiss Duhon the juggler, Spark’s Ark live animal show, and music by Tucker Daniels.

Food options will include: Bake sale items, pizza by Portland Pie Co. and Otto, and soup by Karmasouptra

Silent auction donors include:

Allspeed Cyclery & Snow
Andy’s Old Port Pub
Aprill Newman
Art Mart
Art This
Bar Lola/Hilltop Coffee Shop
Bei Capelli Salon
Black Bear Medical
Blue Spoon
Lindsay Bourassa Flamenco Classes
Broadway Gardens
Bunker Brewing Co.
Casco Bay Lines
Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio
Catherine Lo
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Coast City Comics
Coastal Maine Popcorn Co.
Cyroni Glass Works
Field Sustainable Floristry
Good Theater
Gorgeous Gelato
Gorham Grind
Great Lost Bear
Green Clean Maine
Harbor Fish Market
Homegrown Herb & Tea
Hot Suppa!
Hugo’s Restaurant
In’finite/ Novare res Bier Cafe
Jen Dean Photography
Jennifer Everett Pottery
Kenya Hall
Kitty Hudson Smith
Kriya Davis Jewelry
Lila East End Yoga Studio
Lindsey Bourassa
Longfellow Books
Maine Audubon
Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong
Maine Home + Design
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
Maine State ballet
Maine YogaFest
Material Objects
Mayo St Arts
Meineke (forest Ave)
Nurture Throught Nature
O’Donals Nursery
O2 Salon
Opportunity Skate Family Ice Center
Play it Again Sports
Port City Running Tours
Portland Museum of Art
Portland Players
Portland Symphony Orchestra
Portland’s Greener Cleaner
Doug Rogers
Sandy Conlogue
Sarah MacLaughlin
Scratch Baking Company
Spencer Albee
Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio
Starbird Music & Piano Gallery
Stephanie Doyle
Terra Cotta Pasta Company
Ten Ten Pie
The Thirsty Pig
Trader Joe’s
Treehouse Toys
Union Bagels
Wildwood Medicine
Willa Wirth Silver Designs
Winkie Geary

We hope to see you there!