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Embracing the Timeless: The Enduring Spirit of Our Logo

Embracing the Timeless: The Enduring Spirit of Our Logo



The unveiling of our logo, featuring a long knife, has intrigued the minds of many. It's fascinating to realize that some variation of this emblem has been part of Nature Reliance School (NRS) since since 2006.

Our current logo's journey began in 2009 when I set out to redefine NRS. I collaborated with a skilled graphic designer, sharing my vision and aspirations for the school. We drew inspiration from a longhunter's knife, symbolizing heritage and growth, and American chestnut leaves, representing resilience. It is both of those things that have long since gone away for many who adventure in the outdoors.  These elements helped shape our new logo and our slogan, "Where Practical Meets Natural," which reflects our organization's spirit and community.

Over time, we've tried different mottos, with "Come on, join in, let's learn together," by NRS Instructor Tracy Trimble, capturing our essence perfectly. This slogan reflects our goal to build a community of learners.

Our philosophy is to empower people to live harmoniously with nature, combining practical skills with an appreciation for the natural world. Our training are part modern and part old-school ways of doing things.  We use new methods and equipment when warranted but never forget the ways and natural world that got us here.  

The knife and leaf in our logo are more than symbols; they represent the stories that are central to our existence. The knife, modeled after a longhunter's tool, honors our ancestors' wisdom. The American Chestnut leaf symbolizes resilience, reminding us of the importance of valuing nature amidst industrialization.  Most of the American chestnut were wiped out due to a blight in the early 1900s.  A few native still remain though, standing resolute despite what is coming there way.  

In a world focused on trends, we prioritize integrity, stewardship, and nurturing relationships. We're committed to sharing outdoor skills and fostering a deep connection with nature.

To our students, you are the essence of NRS. Your support validates the importance of our mission. We're dedicated to increasing awareness and connection with the outdoors, whether we're training military teams or appreciating nature's simple wonders.

I look forward to our continued journey together, exploring nature's beauty and our inner strengths. Let's embrace this path of inspiration, where practical skills meet natural wisdom, for a future that honors our past and embraces potential.


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