Farm & Forest School

Once-a-Week Nature Programs for Ages 5-13

What is Farm & Forest School?

At Farm & Forest School, children ages 5-13 practice problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and compassion through hands-on, play-based outdoor learning. We believe that there's no such thing as bad weather, so plan on being outside exploring, learning, and playing in the sun, rain, and snow. Each session includes engaging educational activities built around a seasonal theme. These adult-led activities, paired with child-led forest freeplay time create the perfect environment for social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.

Farm & Forest School is open to any child, ages 5-13 who is curious, independent, and excited to be outside. While traditionally thought of as a program for homeschoolers, we welcome all students with weekday availability to join us. 

Registration Details:

Days:

Once-a-week on Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., or Fri. 

Terms:

Term 1: Week of Sept. 21 - Week of Oct. 26, 2020
Term 2: Week of Nov. 2 - Week of Dec. 14, 2020                 
           (No sessions Thanksgiving week)
Term 3: Week of Jan. 4 - Week of Feb. 8, 2021
Term 4: Week of Feb. 15 - Week of March 22, 2021
Term 5: Week of Apr. 12 - Week of May 17, 2021

Registration will open 6 weeks prior to the start of each term.

Time:

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ages:

5-13 years old. Four year olds may register for the term in which they turn five. Groups will be divided by age.

Cost:

$200 per 6-week term. 10% discount for siblings registered for the same term. Financial assistance is available for all youth programs. Requests can be made on the registration form. 

COVID-19 Precautions

1.

Small group sizes. Groups have no more than 10 people, including facilitators. Groups do not mingle or use learning areas simultaneously.

2.

Separate group Base Camps to store personal gear, eat lunch, and do table activities.

3.

Daily health checks for staff and kids. No one with a temperature of 100º F or higher will be allowed to participate.

4.

Frequent hand washing and disinfecting of high touch surfaces and shared materials.

5.

Creative activities that encourage social distancing and normalize mask wearing when distance is not possible. 

6.

Sessions are conducted almost exclusively outdoors with lots of open space and fresh air.

Upcoming Terms:

Term 2

6 Week Term Begins Nov. 2

Explore woodland ecology with activities inspired by the novel Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins. Learn about food chains, animal adaptations, plant identification, and local Ohio wildlife through games and imaginative activities. At home reading of the book is optional, but can enhance learning.

Cost:

$200

Term 3

6 Week Term Begins Jan. 4

Discover the wonders of winter in the woods! This term, explorers will experiment with ice and snow, make ice art, learn how animals adapt to live in the cold, and search for signs of animal life at the farm. Although most activities take place outside, we’ll take warming breaks indoors, plus keep toasty outside with campfires and hot drinks. Cross your fingers for cold and snow! 

Cost:

$200

Term 4

6 Week Term Begins Feb. 15

Investigate plant, animal, and environmental activities inspired by the novel The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, which views life in the mid-1800s through the eyes of a young Ojibwa girl. This term includes crafts, campfire cooking, and the highlight: learning how to turn sap into delicious maple syrup! At home reading of the book is optional, but can enhance learning.

Cost:

$200

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