an immersion in the language of the forest
"My son has learned so much in a short time. His confidence is growing each week! I love that he is outside (and happily so) and learning about the local environment. I love the relationships he is fostering and the knowledge he is gaining without the 'academicy' feel."
- Wildernest Homeschool Parent, Fall 2019
Imagine a childhood rooted into place - where children grow up knowing the names of the plants growing outside their door and the many ways they can be used for food, medicine, and handcraft; where children know by heart the calls of the animals in their yard, the ancient tales of land formation told by rocks in the stream. Imagine children growing up knowing themselves as part of the larger story of the land they call home - a story of interdependence, connection, and
The Wildernest Homeschool Program is a journey into the heart of the forest, where children learn to read the patterns of the woodland ecosystem - the language of birds, tracks of animals, paths of water and nutrients in the soil, relationships of plants and the succession of trees. The children join in the conversation through practicing earthskills and handcrafts - learning to meet their needs in harmony with the forest.
This year, Wildernest Homeschool will hold to a guild-based curriculum, where children spend each day in small groups, exploring connection to the forest through a particular craft and skill area. Each day will hold a mix of sensory integration and nature connection practices, focused guild activities, forest exploration, games, and earthskills activities (such as archery, natural shelters, fire tending, etc).
Our groups for 8 to 12 year-olds will be the Bardic Guild - where children will make and play their own musical instruments, explore puppetry, theater and improv - and the Woodcraft Guild - where children will learn to carve and build useful items with wood and leather. The Wildcrafters Guild (for children age 5 to 7) will engage in a variety of exploratory handcrafts and skills.
Wildernest is designed to be a companion to the child’s homeschool curriculum - offering a day camp each week with naturalist education, sensory exploration, creative thinking, and embodied play in a supportive group of multi-age peers. Wildernest is a journey for the inquisitive, creative child ready to be immersed in the magic and mystery of the wild world.
Wildernest Homeschool Program
Ages: 5 to 12
*Spaces for teen apprentices available
Day Camp, Tuesdays 9am-2pm
Fall Semester - September 8th to December 15th 2020
(Off for the week of Thanksgiving, November 24th)
We will be implementing Social Distancing Protocol and following CDC guidelines for a low-risk camp environment.
Please read over our Fall 2020 Health and Safety Protocol before registering.
The Woodcraft Guild will be let by Wildernest Director and Woodswoman, Kylie Hamlin, the Bardic Guild will be let by musician and pupeteer, Kiran Fernandez, and the Wildcrafters Guild will be let by ceramic artist, Lee Turner.
$560-700 sliding scale for winter/spring semester
We ask for a $75 non-refundable payment towards the program total upon registration to save your child's space in the program.
Payment may be paid in full or in recurring monthly installments.
**We price all of our programs on a sliding scale. What you choose to pay helps us purchase high quality materials and supports our staff in extensive planning and preparation. Families who are unable to pay our asking price may select a lower price option so that their child will still be able to join us.
Registration is now closed. Please email us to join the wait list: email@example.com.