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 children will be sorted into guilds, small groups in which they will spend the semester exploring the path of a particular earthskill and handcraft, creating useful items with their hands and deepening their relationship
with the forest.
Wildernest is designed to be a companion to the child’s homeschool curriculum - offering a day each week of 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
Fall Semester - September 8th to December 15th 2020
(Off for the week of Thanksgiving, November 24th)
Wildernest Programs will be led by Kylie Hamlin
with support from guest instructors Joel Cimarron and Delia Turner as well as teen apprentices.
$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 in 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.
This fall we will be following the CDC safety guidelines for operating a safe, low-risk educational environment. Our safety policy and agreements will be shared with parents before registration and acceptance into the program.