I work with a group of 5th and 6th graders, spending the year helping them connect with nature and the environment. In celebration of Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish New Year for the Trees, we made tree collages. In preparation for the class, I went on a treasure walk – looking for things on the ground that we would be able to use. It was a very special walk for me; I was a hunter. My prey was anything that was laying on the ground and that I thought would dry enough within 3 days to be used in the project. It was such a fun walk! I went home with a collection of fallen leaves, pieces of moss, broken mushrooms, hemlock cones, twigs, you name it, if I could just pick it up off the ground, it went into my bag. I then spread it all out on my living room floor to dry, bringing the forest into my home. Some of the kids had gone on their own treasure hunts as well. What beautiful art we made from my ‘treasures’!