Wildheart Nature School offers unique outdoor experiences in an enriching, educational, and fun environment. We teach a variety of homeschool, afterschool, weekend, field trip, and summer programs for children ages 2 – 11 at locations such as Juniper Jungle Farm, Dillon Falls, Shevlin Park, and local schools. Our programs provide a framework for deepening intimate connections with nature through stillness exercises, sensory attentiveness, artistic expression, and experiential activities. Wildheart Nature School also fosters self-confidence and encourages empowerment in nature. Environmental education is integrated into programs naturally, as participants ask questions and become curious about the world around them. Topics discussed include nature arts & crafts, sensory awareness, primitive skills, survival skills, tracking, ecology, community building, plant identification, uses of plants, and farm skills. Although we teach factual information about the environment in our school, we also emphasize the importance of simply feeling the aliveness in nature without needing to label things with words. By awakening a sense of unity with the grander whole of life through nature immersion, we plant seeds of respect for the Earth so that future generations may have motivation to live in harmony with the environment.
Wildheart Nature School is dedicated to opening the minds and hearts of young people to the wonders of the natural world through our holistic model of outdoor education that fosters deep connection and harmonious interactions with the environment.
My boys get so much out of Wildheart Nature School, from learning survival skills, to polishing their powers of observation, to increasing their appreciation of all living things, but one of the very best things is their desire to show us where they’ve been – Shevlin Park, Tumalo State Park, Dillon Falls… Every weekend following nature class, the boys ask, no insist, that we go see what they have seen. I couldn’t be happier that they want to spend their time outdoors, in the forest or by the river, looking for animals or signs of animals, telling us what plants are edible, and more. Wildheart Nature School is truly phenomenal!
-Nicole H, May, 2012