Happy New Year! As Earth finished its orbit around the sun we came full circle at Frost Valley as well, ending the year as it began, with an exciting week of Winter Family Camp. Winter week is a special time for our Frost Valley community. We get to connect with new families who are experiencing Frost Valley for the first time, as well as families who have made our New Year’s Eve celebration their long-standing family tradition. Over the years we’ve seen families meet new family friends that they wait patiently each year to see again, we’ve seen them move across the country yet still fly back each year, and […]

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Winter weather has begun at Frost Valley and we’re thrilled to see an icy crust on Lake Cole and snow collecting on the ground! This season comes with challenges of course, but at Frost Valley we believe winter is a fun and meaningful time for outdoor exploration and family bonding. We want to help our community make the most out of this winter, and to do that we’ll learn some tips from a special Catskill critter with a sweet winter survival skill: the wood frog! In the warmer months we’re used to seeing wood frogs hop around but as the temperature drops they seem to disappear. After a few months […]

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Sometimes, as our visiting students hike through thick piles of leaves covering the trails, they ask—where do the leaves go after they fall? When all the leaves on lawns and sidewalks are raked and bagged up, it’s hard to notice that, out on our trails, large piles of leaves seem to be magically cleared away by the time spring rolls around. We also have rotting apples in the orchard, dead plants in the shrub layer, and molding squash in the garden, which all seem to vanish by the time the snow melts.  So how do we explain their disappearance? To investigate this mystery we peek into the fascinating world of […]

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