Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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An early-childhood outdoor, character and mindful education program dedicated to the Safety, FUN, and Respect of all children. Our mission is to give each child, and class as a whole, a caring and safe space for them to have FUN and explore their environment while interacting, learning and practicing the art of "honoring all living things, including others and themselves"™.

Yes there are!

There is a 10% discount given for the first sibling when siblings are signed up during the same session.

There is a 5% discount given for the second and third siblings when siblings are signed up during the same session.

Please note that discounts may not be combined.

What to Wear

Please send your child in with clothes and shoes they can get dirty, soiled,and/or wet, as opportunities abound for old-fashioned and direct hands-on nature experiences!

Change of Clothes

Please be sure to bring a change of clothes (and shoes) at pick up, especially if your child will be going somewhere other than home after Nature Nurture.

Rainy Days & Morning Dew

Please send your child in with rain boots or shoes designed for walking in wet grass, jumping in rain puddles, slushing through mud, etc. Additional rain gear is always helpful: raincoat, hat (or hood) on rainy days. Rain pants are GREAT as well.

Once you fill out a registration and select If the class is full, please add me to the WAITLIST, your child's name will be added to the WAITLIST for the class you registered for. If/when a child in the class is absent, we contact families on the WAITLIST (in WAITLIST order) to see if that child is interested and available in doing a drop in that day.

No. There is no obligation, financial or otherwise, to be on a WAITLIST.

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds are given for missed classes. Sorry, no exceptions.

We are not offering Extended Lunch at this time. Parents authorizing images* taken of their child during Nature Nurture class/CAMP are generally posted from Nature Nurture's iCloud sharing, for all families whose child is in same class/CAMP. Images may also be used in Nature Nurture marketing. Once photos are posted on iCloud sharing and/or a part of Nature Nurture marketing, parents/guardians should be aware that same images may be copied by others without permission from Nature Nurture or the parent/guardian. Once authorization is given**, parent/guardian agrees that neither they nor their spouse will make claim against its owner, Nature Nurture or the Presidio Trust for use of images used elsewhere.

*includes pictures/videos/audios
** parents/guardians may discontinue their authorization at any time by sending an email to linda@naturenurture.com stating same, as well as making the change in their Nature Nurture account.
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ALL FAMILIES MAY REGISTER AT ANY TIME.
Register early to get an early-registration date even if you do not have TIER ONE OR TIER TWO enrollment as described below.

SCROLL DOWN for WHEN TO ENROLL and REGISTRATION DATES.

HOW IT WORKS: 
Spots are offered first to all families enrolled in Fall 2019 (TIER ONE families) for the same day and class.

Spots still open after TIER ONE Enrollment period will be offered on a first-come (date registration is received), first-served basis to TIER TWO registrations received.

Reminder
: No need to wait until TIER TWO period to register. If you are a TIER TWO or TIER THREE family, and you register before your TIER number, your child's registration will be held in a pending status until your TIER period.

TIER TWO is available to Fall 2019 WAITLISTED and returning Nature Nurture families.

TIER THREE is available to all new Nature Nurture families.

It is recommended that all families register as soon as they know they are interested in a spot, even if your family is in the Tier Two or Tier Three registration period as spots are offered on a first-come (date registration is received) and first-served basis.

EXAMPLE: If your family is new to Nature Nurture, your Tier number is Three. 

If a new to Nature Nurture family (Tier Three) registers on Mon., Oct 14th and another new to Nature Nurture family (Tier Three) registers on Tues., Oct 15th:

the new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Mon., Oct 14th will have first option for a spot if any are still available after the Tier One and Tier Two registration period. The 2nd new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Tues., Oct 15th will be offered the spot if: 1) there are any spots available after Tier One and Tier Two registration period, and 2) the new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Mon., Oct 14th declines the offered spot.


WHEN to ENROLL                        *** Please feel free to enroll at any time ***


FIRST DAY of REGISTRATION for all is SUN., OCT 6, 2019.

Registrations will be eligible for class placement during the Tiers listed below:


TIER ONE - SUN., OCT 6 through midnight SUN., OCT 20, 2019
All families enrolled in Fall 2019 are eligible for class placement in same class(es) as Fall 2019.

TIER TWO - MON., OCT 21 through midnight SUN., NOV 2, 2019
All families enrolled in Fall 2019 are eligible to add and/or switch a class.
All families on Fall 2019 WAITLIST are eligible for class placement.
All past Nature Nurture families are eligible for class placement.

TIER THREE - (OPEN ENROLLMENT) Mon., Nov 4, 2019
All new Nature Nurture families and Tier One and Tier Two families are eligible for class placement.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by November 18, 2018: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after November 19, 2018: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit* for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken by end of Summer CAMP 2020. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used by end of Summer CAMP 2020 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

* credit does not include non-refundable deposit or refund insurance.

ALL FAMILIES MAY REGISTER AT ANY TIME.

Register early to get an early-registration date even if you do not have TIER ONE OR TIER TWO enrollment as described below.

SCROLL DOWN for WHEN TO ENROLL and REGISTRATION DATES.

HOW IT WORKS: 
Spots are offered first to all families enrolled in Fall 2019 (TIER ONE families) for the same day and class.

Spots still open after TIER ONE Enrollment period will be offered on a first-come (date registration is received), first-served basis to TIER TWO registrations received. 

Reminder: No need to wait until TIER TWO period to register. If you are a TIER TWO or TIER THREE family, and you register before your TIER number, your child's registration will be held in a pending status until your TIER period.

TIER TWO is available to Fall 2019 WAITLISTED and returning Nature Nurture families.

TIER THREE is available to all new Nature Nurture families.

It is recommended that all families register as soon as they know they are interested in a spot, even if your family is in the Tier Two or Tier Three registration period as spots are offered on a first-come (date registration is received) and first-served basis.

EXAMPLE: If your family is new to Nature Nurture, your Tier number is Three. 

If a new to Nature Nurture family (Tier Three) registers on Mon., Oct 14th and another new to Nature Nurture family (Tier Three) registers on Tues., Oct 15th:

the new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Mon., Oct 14th will have first option for a spot if any are still available after the Tier One and Tier Two registration period. The 2nd new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Tues., Oct 15th will be offered the spot if: 1) there are any spots available after Tier One and Tier Two registration period, and 2) the new to Nature Nurture family that registered on Mon., Oct 14th declines the offered spot.




WHEN to ENROLL *** Please feel free to enroll at any time ***

FIRST DAY of REGISTRATION for all is SUN., OCT 6, 2019.

Registrations will be eligible for class placement during the Tiers listed below:


TIER ONE - SUN., OCT 6 through midnight SUN., OCT 20, 2019
All families enrolled in Fall 2019 are eligible for class placement in same class(es) as Fall 2019.

TIER TWO - MON., OCT 21 through midnight SUN., NOV 2, 2019
All families on Fall 2019 WAITLIST are eligible for class placement.
All past Nature Nurture families are eligible for class placement.

TIER THREE - (OPEN ENROLLMENT) Mon., Nov 4, 2019
All new Nature Nurture families and Tier One and Tier Two families are eligible for class placement.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by November 18, 2018: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after November 19, 2018: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit* for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken by end of Summer CAMP 2020. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used by end of Summer CAMP 2020 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.


WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:
Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

* credit does not include non-refundable deposit or refund insurance.

Drop off:
West side of Presidio Bowling Center, 93 Moraga Ave., SF 94129
https://www.presidio.gov/places/presidio-bowling-center-and-grill
Pick up:
Same as drop off or we may be on field or under trees for shade:
North side of Presidio Bowling Center, 93 Moraga Ave., SF 94129
https://www.presidio.gov/places/presidio-bowling-center-and-grill

Created and based on the same premise as Nature Nurture's Core ROOTS class, Nature Nurture Summer CAMP is about Safety, FUN, and Respect while children learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring (being kind to) all living things including others and themselves. Rich, exciting and personally-chosen hands on experiences with nature, knowledge, negotiation, and the basic niceties of life provide your child with lots of opportunities to explore and expand their world, imagination and character, while creating life-long skills and memories...all within the amazing Presidio National Park!

  • Mornings or Afternoons
  • 8:30 – 11:30 ages 3 – 4s
  • 1:30 – 4:30 ages 4 – 6s
  • Monday through Fridays
  • (6) campers & (2) teachers / class
  • (1) Junior CAMP Leader / class (morning and afternoon class)
  • Different adventures every day
  • Kid-friendly & paced hikes
  • Dirt, bugs, sand, and more
  • Time for play, snack, exploration…
  • Even time for rest for those who’d like
  • Picnics on a hill, beach, field, or even in the forest
  • Song, dance, & dramatic play
  • Nature Nurture created games
  • Presidi-Go bus rides around the Park: Feed carrots to a horse, find shells along the beach, discover new trails, turn over rocks and discover what lives underneath, learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring all living things, including others and yourself, while having FUN, FUN and More FUN!!

Our Junior Nature Nurture CAMP Leader program has become a huge success since its inception in 2009. Be sure to sign your child up early if they are interested in being a Junior Nature Nurture CAMP Leader…as there is only (1) Junior CAMP Leader per class.

To find out more about this program, please call (415 939-8911) or send an email to linda@naturenurture.com. To register, click Register Now.

Created and based on the same premise as Nature Nurture's Core ROOTS class, Nature Nurture Summer CAMP is about Safety, FUN, and Respect while children enhance, learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring (being kind to) all living things including others and themselves. Rich, exciting and personally-chosen hands on experiences with nature, knowledge, negotiation and the basic niceties of life provide your child with lots of opportunities to explore and expand their world, imagination and character, while creating life-long skills and memories...all within the amazing Presidio National Park!

  • Mornings or Afternoons
  • 8:30 – 11:30 ages 3 – 4s
  • 1:30 – 4:30 ages 4 – 6s
  • Monday through Fridays
  • (6) campers & (2) teachers / class
  • (1) Junior CAMP Leader or CIT / class (morning and afternoon class)
  • Different adventures every day
  • Kid-friendly & paced hikes
  • Dirt, bugs, sand, and more
  • Time for play, snack, exploration…
  • Even time for rest for those who’d like
  • Picnics on a hill, beach, field, or even in the forest
  • Song, dance, & dramatic play
  • Nature Nurture created games
  • Presidi-Go bus rides around the Park: Feed carrots to a horse, find shells along the beach, discover new trails, turn over rocks and discover what lives underneath, enhance, learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring all living things, including others and yourself, while having FUN, FUN and More FUN!!

Our Jr Nature Nurture CAMP Leader program for ages 7-14 has become a huge success since its inception in 2009. Be sure to sign your child up early if they are interested in being a Junior Nature Nurture CAMP Leader…as there is only (1) Junior CAMP Leader (or CIT) per class.

2020 starts our newest program for CITs (Counselors-in-Training) is for ages 15-17. In addition to the tasks and opportunities given to Jr. CAMP Leaders, CITs are instructed in the methodology and philosophy of Nature Nurture and given the opportunity to lead classes under Nature Nurture founder's guidance and support.

To find out more about either of these programs, please call (415 939-8911) or send an email to linda@naturenurture.com. To register, click Register Now.

OPEN Enrollment begins Jan 10, 2020. 

Take advantage of our Discounted Early Registration rate of $345* through February 29, 2020, and our Early Standard Registration rate of $360* March 1 - June 7.  Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note our policy does not permit us to hold spots (no exceptions). If you are not on our email list and would like to be receive Nature Nurture enrollment dates, notifications and updates, please send an email to linda@naturenurture.com. In the subject line, please write: Please add me to NN email list.
* all rates include a $28 non-refundable deposit.
Yes, a $28 non-refundable deposit is required. (The $28 is included in the session rate).

Refund insurance: $22 to be purchased at time of registration for a particular session.

NOTE from Nature Nurture founder, Linda Constant:

Please note we've reduced the fee for Refund Insurance from $37.50 in past years to $22 in an effort to help families who think their summer plans may change. Please do consider buying our reduced rate Refund Insurance if you think you may need to switch or cancel a week or more of your child's Summer CAMP 2020 adventures at Nature Nurture. 

No refunds or credits will be given without Refund Insurance (purchased at time of registration) as our way of respecting those who have purchased it. Our hope is you will understand our philosophy.  Thank you. 

With Purchase of Refund Insurance:

through end of day April 30, 2020: CAMP fee refunded 100%*

On or After May 1, 2020 with at least two weeks’ notice in writing prior to the designated week(s), full credit (minus $28 deposit and $22 Refund Insurance fee) given toward classes taken during Summer CAMP or Fall 2020 Session.

Any credits not used between June 8 and December 18, 2020 will not be refunded. Sorry, no exceptions.

Without Refund Insurance:

CAMP fee is nonrefundable. Sorry, no exceptions.

*refund does not include $28 deposit or refund insurance.

3 hour drop off.

We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, safety, fun and respect.

Clothes 

It is recommended that all children, and any accompanying adults on our nature walk* wear the following: 

long pants (even on warm days...see NOTE below)     
closed-in shoes
socks
shoes with a good waffled sole
jacket
brimmed hat (helps on chilly days and shades eyes from sun)
sunscreen

NOTE: long pants, closed-in shoes and socks help prevent risk of being scratched by thorns on low-lying plants while meandering through the forest, hills and fields, the occasional poison oak and the predictably unpredictable weather of San Francisco ... and the Presidio :-)

* we sometimes encounter poison oak on and near the trails, as well as prickly plants.

Snacks

Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack. (Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes).


Backpacks and Toys     LIGHTEN THE LOAD .  Like you, we care about healthy backs!

It is recommended that children bring their snack, sweater or jacket in a backpack that is as light as possible for them to carry. At Nature Nurture, although children carry their own backpacks while walking to and from our destinations, we invite and encourage children to take their backpacks off when they are exploring, building, playing, having snack, etc once we've arrived. Teachers will also carry children's backpacks from time to time to give children a break.  

To keep with our mission of children connecting with the earth, natural environment and their peers, we have a 'no toys' rule at Nature Nurture for all classes except our 'seedlings' class for ages 2-3s during our school year sessions. Of course, we also make exceptions at Nature Nurture and if your child needs/wants to bring a special item or toy (non-plastic, please), stuffie or small blankie each week that helps him or her feel safe and comforted, that is 100% fine with us. We aim to avoid having children bring toys to be played with, however, understand children sometimes need to have a familiar and comforting item to hold and/or simply have nearby in their backpack.
Yes. 10% discount for 1st sibling, 5% for 2nd and 3rd sibling registering for the same session. All discounts are taken off at check out. There isn't a place to add a discount on the registration. Yes. Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack and water. Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes. (Teachers also carry water and paper cups in case of need). Families may sign up for one, two or more consecutive or non-consecutive weeks during Summer CAMP. Yes. It is recommended that children bring their snack, sweater or jacket in a backpack.

We recommend backpacks that are as light as possible for your child to carry.
 
At Nature Nurture, although children carry their own backpacks while walking to and from our destinations, we invite and encourage children to take their backpacks off when they are exploring, building, playing, having snack, etc once we've arrived. Teachers will also carry children's backpacks from time to time to give children a break.  
There are a maximum of six campers per CAMP, one Jr. CAMP Leader (age 7-14) or CIT (15-17) and two teachers.   Yes, children are never left unsupervised while at Nature Nurture. 

Yes. You would register for a morning camp for ages 3-4s. Your 3 year old would be a camper and your older child would fill the Jr. CAMP Leader role. All Summer CAMP children must be three years old. If your child turns three during Summer CAMP, you may register her (at any time) for CAMP weeks for when she will be three. Drop ins are only available if/when a child is absent from the camp week you are interested in. If your child is on the WAITLIST for a particular camp week, and a child is absent, you will be contacted and given the option for your child to drop in that day.

Drop in rate is $75 per CAMP day. 
Yes, with one week's notice in writing and as long as there is availability in the week that you want to switch. Families may request one session transfer per summer at no charge. For each additional transfer, there will be a $15 administrative fee. Nature Nurture CAMP is always held regardless of the number of children enrolled. We find the positive in this scenario by offering the child or children enrolled the opportunity to help choose our location and adventure for the day, as well as specific games they enjoy, stories to be told, etc. Our aim, as always, is to provide individual attention and opportunities that match each child and group's interests, regardless of size of camp.

3 hour drop off.

We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, safety, fun and respect.

Clothes 

It is recommended that all children, and any accompanying adults on our nature walk* wear the following: 

long pants (even on warm days...see NOTE below)     
closed-in shoes
socks
shoes with a good waffled sole
jacket
brimmed hat (helps on chilly days and shades eyes from sun)
sunscreen

NOTE: long pants, closed-in shoes and socks help prevent risk of being scratched by thorns on low-lying plants while meandering through the forest, hills and fields, the occasional poison oak and the predictably unpredictable weather of San Francisco ... and the Presidio :-)

* we sometimes encounter poison oak on and near the trails, as well as prickly plants.

Snacks

Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack. (Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes).


Backpacks and Toys     LIGHTEN THE LOAD .  Like you, we care about healthy backs!

It is recommended that children bring their snack, sweater or jacket in a backpack that is as light as possible for them to carry. At Nature Nurture, although children carry their own backpacks while walking to and from our destinations, we invite and encourage children to take their backpacks off when they are exploring, building, playing, having snack, etc once we've arrived. Teachers will also carry children's backpacks from time to time to give children a break.  

To keep with our mission of children connecting with the earth, natural environment and their peers, we have a 'no toys' rule at Nature Nurture for all classes except our 'seedlings' class for ages 2-3s during our school year sessions. Of course, we also make exceptions at Nature Nurture and if your child needs/wants to bring a special item or toy (non-plastic, please), stuffie or small blankie each week that helps him or her feel safe and comforted, that is 100% fine with us. We aim to avoid having children bring toys to be played with, however, understand children sometimes need to have a familiar and comforting item to hold and/or simply have nearby in their backpack.
Yes. Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack and water. Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes. (Teachers also carry water and paper cups in case of need). Yes. It is recommended that children bring their snack, sweater or jacket in a backpack.

We recommend backpacks that are as light as possible for your child to carry.
 
At Nature Nurture, although children carry their own backpacks while walking to and from our destinations, we invite and encourage children to take their backpacks off when they are exploring, building, playing, having snack, etc once we've arrived. Teachers will also carry children's backpacks from time to time to give children a break.  
All Summer CAMP children must be three years old. If your child turns three during Summer CAMP, you may register her (at any time) for CAMP weeks for when she will be three.

BENEFITS and Description

The first thing we want for all Jr. CAMP Leaders (ages 7-14) and CITS (ages 15-17) is to simply be present and have FUN. At NN, we believe that by taking care of ourselves first (hint: being mindful about our own Safety, making sure we are having FUN and showing Respect to ourselves...and being in the moment), we are then best able to take care of others.

Teachers are trained and skilled in Nature Nurture's 'open heart and mind policy' and encourage all Jr. CAMP Leaders and CITS (as well as, of course, campers) to speak up and ask for what they want/need. 

At the beginning of each CAMP day, the Jr. CAMP Leader or CIT and NN founder, Linda Constant, will meet and co-choose that day's location for our adventure, using thoughtful, decision-making skills based on the weather, children in the class, their energy, disposition and needs for the day as well as review the three core principles of NN: Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and ourselves. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discuss leadership topics they are interested in, such as goal setting and decision-making.

At Nature Nurture we understand that all children are different and that some may be ready and interested in partaking in some and not other parts of the following benefits and description of the Jr. CAMP Leader and CIT program. Truly it is an opportunity for growth, yet the most important aspects are being SAFE, helping to keep the children SAFE, having and showing RESPECT and, of course, having FUN!

NN Jr. CAMP Leaders (ages 7 -14) and CIT's (ages 15-17) are offered a wonderful all-outdoor, community-based opportunity for personal growth and learning while having a positive impact on younger children (ages 3-6) from their own community. Jr. CAMP Leaders and CITS are mentored by Nature Nurture founder, Linda Constant, to aid in their development of personal and leadership qualities such as confidence, organization and more, as well as Nature Nurture hallmark traits such as mindfulness, good character and social awareness coupled with its three core principles of Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and ourselves.

In addition to the above, Jr. CAMP Leaders and CITS will gain experience for future CIT roles and employment and the potential (if they are interested) to learn about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and what it means to have responsibility for a successful business, the classes and most importantly the children. 

FOR CITs:  In addition to the tasks and opportunities given to Jr. CAMP Leaders, CITs are instructed in the methodology and philosophy of Nature Nurture and given the opportunity to lead classes under Nature Nurture founder's guidance and support.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • ATTEND each day of CAMP
  • ASSIST Lead Teacher as needed/instructed
  • BE kind to the children (and of course, nature, others and yourself)

  • LEARN and practice the art of:
    • - saying ‘yes’ as often as possible’ to the children
    • - feeling and showing acceptance rather than judgment
    • - honoring all living things, including nature others and yourself

  • BE open to meeting new ideas
  • ASK questions and stand up for your own choices and voice
  • BE open and/or learn about and practice accepting constructive criticism
  • BE mindful about NN’s three core principles of Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and self.

To Register, click Register Now.

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Contact Us

Nature Nurture
P.O.Box 170358
San Francisco, CA 94117

Outdoor Locations

Regular Location

93 Moraga Ave., SF, CA 94129
Drop off and Pick up:

Actual drop off and pick up spot is:
West side of Presidio Bowling Center
Montgomery Street
(between Moraga & Bliss)

When it is raining

93 Moraga Ave., SF, CA 94129. Same as Normal Location.
Our Rainy Day spot is now our Normal Location.

Our Rainy Day Spot was so much FUN, we decided to make it our Normal Location. It's under a grove of Redwood trees, has dirt, mud when it's rainy, lots of leaves and sticks and a hill !!