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:

6-Week Terms, year round, once-a-week on Tue. or Wed.

4-Week Weekend Mini-Terms, once-a-week on Fri. or Sat.

6-Week Terms:

Term 1: Sept. 20/21 - Oct. 25/26, 2022
Term 2: Nov. 1/2 - Dec. 13/14, 2022 (No sessions Nov. 22 or 23)
Term 3: Jan. 3/4 - Feb. 7/8, 2023

Term 4: Feb. 21/22 - Mar. 28/29, 2023
Term 5: Apr. 11/12 - May 16/17, 2023

Weekend Mini-Terms:

Fall: Sept. 23/24 - Oct. 14/15, 2022
Winter: Feb. 17/18 - Mar. 10/11, 2023

Spring: Apr. 14/15 - May 5/6, 2023

Time:

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ages:

5-13 years old. Groups will be divided by age (ages 5-7, 8-10, and  11-13). Please contact us before registering if you’d like to discuss placement in a group that matches your child’s social/emotional development better than grouping by age.  

Cost:

$300 per 6-week term. $200 per 4-week mini-term. A $50 per child deposit is due at the time of registration for each term. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. 10% discount for siblings registered for the same term. 10% multi-term discount when registering a child for three or more terms at the same time. Financial assistance is available for all youth programs. Requests can be made on the registration form. Final payment is due two weeks prior to the start of each term. Cancellations made with at least 2-weeks notice are eligible for a refund, minus the deposit. 

COVID-19 Precautions

Masks are encouraged for everyone at drop-off and pick-up, due to the number of people present. If not masking, please be mindful of your proximity to others. 


During the program, masks are optional when outside. We also encourage children who are not wearing masks to space out and to pay attention and be respectful if a person wants more space. 


Children who exhibiting signs of illness, but who have tested negative for COVID-19, will be asked to wear a mask (even outside) if they attend camp. 


If a group is doing an activity inside (usually due to weather) all staff and children will be asked to wear a mask. Loaner masks are available.  

Feeling Sick? Stay Home! Children who are feeling sick should remain at home. Unvaccinated children who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for a minimum of 5 days to monitor for symptoms (and mask for a further 5 days after that). Children who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to farm programs if they are symptom free after 5 days, however they will be asked to mask (even outside) from day 6-10.  

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Upcoming 6-Week Terms (Tuesday/Wednesday):

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Term 1

6-Week Term Begins Sept. 20/21

Willodeen: Investigate nature connections, biodiversity, and environmental ethics inspired by the novel Willodeen, by Katherine Applegate. Through active outdoor games, art projects, and scientific investigation, explorers will discover the importance of living and non-living elements in our ecosystem. At home reading of the book is optional, but can enhance learning. 

Cost:

$300

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Term 4

6-Week Term Begins Feb. 21/22

Outdoor Artists: Let nature be your inspiration as we get hands-on trying out all sorts of artistic expressions… like sculpting with clay, making artist's charcoal to practice sketching, and exploring movement and sound. Some projects will take multiple weeks to complete. Projects will be geared for each age group and will allow for lots of individual creativity!

Cost:

$300

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Term 2

6-Week Term Begins Nov. 1/2

Season of Celebration: 'Tis the season to be jolly and there are lots of reasons why people are celebrating during this time of year! This holiday season, explorers will learn about six different holidays celebrated around the world and close to home. With fun outdoor games, nature crafts, campfire snacks, and forest festivities, this term is perfect for all party animals. (No sessions Nov. 22 or 23)

Cost:

$300

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Term 5

6-Week Term Begins Apr. 11/12

Garden Investigators: Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the garden to the kitchen, and your belly! Each week includes hand-on garden exploration and a delicious snacktivity. 

Cost:

$300

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Term 3

6-Week Term Begins Jan. 3/4

Northwind: Using the survival novel Northwind, by Gary Paulsen as our inspiration, we'll be exploring  Norse mythology and Viking lore this winter. Craft your own rune necklace, practice the art or Nordic sling braiding, hear stories of legendary adventures, and practice cold weather survival skills. At home reading of the book is optional, but can enhance learning. 

Cost:

$300

Upcoming Weekend Mini-Terms (Friday/Saturday):

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Fall

4-Week Mini-Term Begins Sept. 23/24

Survival Skills: Learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness during this weekend mini-term of Farm & Forest School. Practice bushcraft skills like tending a campfire (try starting one with and without matches), building shelter, knot tying and knife use, first aid, and foraging for wild edibles.

Cost:

$200

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Winter

4-Week Mini-Term Begins Feb. 17/18

Maple Camp: Explore the sweet science of maple syrup making at this weekend mini-term of Farm & Forest School. This is no show-and-tell session; maple enthusiasts will do it all – identify and measure the trees to find the right ones to tap, collect sap, chop firewood, and tend to the fire as we boil sap into delicious maple syrup. On the final day, we’ll celebrate our success with a homemade pancake feast!

Cost:

$200

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Spring

4-Week Mini-Term Begins Apr. 14/15

Get Growing: Dig into the garden this spring as we investigate what both plants and people need to be healthy, make garden plans, grow seedlings, and make garden crafts to take home.  We'll use all of our senses to explore the goodness of the garden, including our sense of taste as we make a weekly snacktivity to enjoy together. 

Cost:

$200

Single Day Programs

Curious about Farm & Forest School or just want a want a taste of summer camp during the school year? Join us for a single day Wildcraft Adventure program! 

In this video game inspired event, kids have to work together to learn outdoor skills, complete challenges, and earn points along the way. You'll search for materials, build structures, and hunt for food, all while fending off wandering monsters. You might be able to survive the wilderness in Minecraft, but can you do it in the real woods of Wildcraft?


Ages: 8-13

Times: 9 a.m. - 3:30

Dates: Sept. 17, 2022; Nov. 5, 2022; March 25, 2023; and

May 20, 2023

Cost: $50 per child

Payment/Cancellation: Full payment is due at the time of registration. Cancellations made with at least 2-weeks notice are eligible for a refund, minus a $10 processing fee.

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