Our Wild Roots program encourages middle school children to revel in the wonder of their still present childhood while giving them the tools and time to curate individual goals of mental, emotional, physical and intellectual growth throughout the school year. As educators, we offer an alternative approach to traditional schooling, based on the unique developmental needs of the middle school years. In this transitional time between childhood and young adulthood, regular nature immersion brings peace and grounding, while a small class of like-minded peers and caring mentors build a sense of belonging and community. By learning about the natural world, working together through challenges, and building new skills, youth gain confidence and a sense of their place in the world. Teaching and learning in Forest School is place and play-based, emergent, and inquiry-driven. Projects and curriculum emerge from the interests, discoveries, and conversations between students and teachers. What the program offers: •Time to be present, play and connect •Nature Journaling •Environmental monitoring and other in-depth projects or research •Learning to use and create maps and field guides •Foraging and wildcrafting •Bushcraft and tool use •Making and cooking with fires •Culminating end-of-year backpacking trip
Participants should be comfortable spending time outdoors in all weather conditions and must be able to hike short distances (up to about 1 mile) on uneven terrain. They must be willing to wear appropriate clothing/gear, including warm layers, waterproof pants and jacket, socks, and rain boots. Participants must be able to stay with the group, follow basic safety rules and instructions, and communicate needs or issues to an adult.
Dates: 9/12/2019 - 6/18/2020 - 35 Days total
Except for days: 10/24, 11/28, 12/2, 1/2, 2/20, 4/16
Teachers: Katherine Hales and Racheal Wiggins
Class size: 12
Location: Saint Edward State Park
Tuition: $171.50 per month
Tuition is based on a 10-month (September-June) commitment and is divided into 10 equal payments.
*Financial Assistance Available for Qualifying Families*
Each day will include opportunities for free play, tool/skill work, mindfulness, nature study, and hiking or exploring in the park. Youth and educators will work collaboratively to make decisions and plan for each day.
10:00 Morning Meeting, to connect with each other and plan for the day
10:20 Forest Play, Bushcraft, Independent Projects
12:00 Mindfulness/Yoga practice
1:00 Hiking, Nature study and Journaling
2:30 Closing and Reflection
3:00 End of day
Remember to Bring:
The following items should be in a backpack that is comfortable for hiking. In colder months, feel free to bring extra clothing layers and gear in a separate bag or tote, which will stay at Camp when we hike. • Reusable water bottle • Healthy lunch and snack: We will be very active all day, so make sure to pack enough food to keep energy up. Please try to limit the amount of plastic packaging in your lunch, as bits of plastic are easily lost in the wind and become litter. • One complete change of clothes, in a watertight bag • Extra Layers: An extra fleece top and bottom layer, as well as extra gloves/mittens and hat in colder months