About Us

We’ve always been interested in animals and nature.  At home, we do a lot of talking about the environment and ways we can mitigate our impact on the planet.  Environmentalism and caring for animals and other people is part of our morality and spirituality.  So when there came a point that Zoe wanted to start doing more outside of our home, I thought a lot about how to help facilitate that.

In talking with other homeschool moms, I learned about Roots & Shoots.  And as I researched the organization, I knew it was a perfect fit for us.

We invited our homeschool friends to join us and started meeting in the fall of 2010.  Zoe is completely inspired by the group and the things we’ve done thus far.  Almost every day she comes up with new ideas for activities and more people she hopes will become involved.  I am really inspired by her commitment to it and the sense of self-confidence she seems to feel around her involvement with this type of group.  I’m hopeful that a solid, core group of kids will emerge, and Zoe will have other children with whom to collaborate.

In making this blog, I’d like to help Zoe piece together all the activities of our Roots & Shoots group, so our efforts feel less abstract to the kids involved.    It will also serve as memorabilia, to help the kids remember the important ways they’ve contributed to their community.

Thanks for stopping by!  Subscribe to our blog and join us in our efforts!



19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Autumn
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 01:51:15

    Thanks for starting this blog.
    We liked the songwriting workshop.
    And you inspired us to learn how to knit.
    We started our first knitting projects and we are liking it.
    We hope to be able to join you for more roots and shoots activities.


  2. zoeflash
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 13:59:02

    We’re glad you like it!


  3. ana joanes
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 19:57:17

    where are you located? I’m in Beacon, NY and have two young daughters (1 and 3) and looking to connect with homeschooling families… Would love to connect and learn more!


    • hhp news
      Aug 23, 2012 @ 14:38:48

      Hi Ana,

      Welcome to the homeschool world! We are Hudson Valley, as well. You should sign up for the area’s Yahoo groups for homeschooling. There’s one for Dutchess County. You would be able to find group activities geared for preschool-age homeschoolers. I have a 6mo and 3yo, myself, but this R&S group is geared to my eldest daughter’s age group at the moment, 6+.



    • Atticus Lanigan
      Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:30:42

      Hi Ana: We are also a homeschool family in BEACON! Email me at hudsonvalleymovement@gmail.com I would love to meet you! I am the mother of a two year old boy and a five year girl! Thanks, Atticus


    • hhp news
      Dec 14, 2012 @ 02:21:06

      Another idea for you, Ana. There’s an FB group for homeschoolers, and a lot of those guys have pre-school aged kids, too. You can find them at Hudson Valley Homeschoolers on Facebook.


  4. Diane Schoonmaker
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 15:01:23

    good morning, My name is Diane Schoonmaker and for 35 years I have specialized in educating children about horses. I offer private lessons, but would be interested in doing and educational field trip day for your program.Please contact me at 845-242-0251 to talk about a horse educational day! I can accomodate you year round. Am located at Twin Spruce Farm between Accord and Stone Ridge NY!


  5. geistkleid
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 02:07:06

    Hi Hillary: We are homeschoolers in Beacon. I was wondering how we join your group…My daughter is spending the year in school but starting in summer we are going homeschool full force. I can be reached at hudsonvalleymovement@gmail.com and would love to know more. THANK YOU! Best,

    Atticus Lanigan


    • hhp news
      Dec 14, 2012 @ 02:19:53

      Hi Atticus,

      Welcome to homeschooling! We post our monthly meetings on the Yahoo lists (DCHE would be ideal for you as its focused on Dutchess County) and also send out an email. I’ll add you to our email list!

      See you soon,


  6. gustyintegrativebodywork
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 03:36:21


    We are a homeschooling family planning to move to Beacon within the next couple of months… The kiddo is 5.5 and we are both pretty social beings.
    I’d love to be on this mailing list for future explorations and projects!
    I’m also very interested in connecting with other Beacon homeschooling families.
    Thanks much,


    • hhp news
      Mar 13, 2013 @ 01:22:25

      Welcome to the area, Gusty! Our group is mostly based in Ulster County and the Rhinebeck area of Dutchess, but if you’re willing to travel, we would love to have you. You can see another Beacon-area homeschooler posted to me on this page, too. Perhaps you can connect with her when you’re up here, too. I would definitely check out the DCHE Yahoo list as you’ll find a thriving community there with lots of folks in Beacon. In the mean time, I’ve added you to our list, too. Hope to see you soon!


    • geistkleid
      Mar 13, 2013 @ 13:41:41

      Hello soon-to-be and gusty Beaconite!

      I live in Beacon and have a child your age and another that is 2 1/2. Absolutely email me at hudsonvalleymovement@gmail.com and we can introduce ourselves and our children! Take care and welcome to the Hudson Valley!



  7. tara delsio
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 15:30:16

    Hi –
    Please add us to your roots and shoots list –
    I have two children one 6 and one 2 – and we are homeschooling
    in the Woodstock area.

    Thanks so much!


  8. tanya
    Apr 23, 2014 @ 18:22:20

    Is this group still active? We would love to know more!


  9. ERIKA
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 16:49:48

    HELLO –
    That is awesome that you offer “Roots & Shoots” to the Hudson Valley Home Schoolers !
    Can You please send Me a Contact email address – I would like to foward some info on a Kids Nature & Art Workshop that I am offering in Woodstock in a few weeks.


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