Not only was today one the most rainy days we've had, but it was also one of the coldest so far. This morning was cold, wet... and continued to get wetter- as rain consistently fell from the sky. From the moment the children arrived, their resilience was evident. Playing in the rain, radiant with joy, they explored, made up games together, and would even pause to notice the differences in the rainy forest. The ability to persevere, to lean into what is uncomfortable, to rely on deep inner strength to push forward on a rainy cold day, or in life- this description characterizes resilience, or grit. Leading psychologists have recently published research stating that what makes people most successful in life, isn't their talent, abilities or IQ, but rather it is their level of grit. Grit cannot be taught through planned lessons, it is acquired through life experiences. Forest school students lean into these experiences. And in the future, they will be stronger from persevering, more apt to take risks, and more tenacious in achieving long term goals in life.