No School Nature Days

Ages 5 – 12       October – April, 2018       Skyliner Lodge

Join us at nature school where learning and fun are one! Parent teacher conferences, Thanksgiving Break, Veterans Day, and other holidays elicit days off from school. We invite you to join us for one of our exciting themes this coming year! The dates below correspond to school days off as shown on the Bend/Lapine School Disctrict schedule.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 “Beaver Builders”

Ages 7 – 11 Skyliner Lodge

Shelters keep us warm, give us shade, and provide us with a temporary home outside. The basics of shelter building will be covered and actively applied as the children build a home base for their team. Through bartering and teamwork, each ‘tribe’ will be able to face the challenges of living in a dynamic community and creatively find ways to fill the needs of the whole. Children will learn the importance of living near the riparian zone, who their nearest animal and plant neighbors are, and what resources are available for use to create a comfortable village experience.

Students Will:

  • Learn the core principles of sound shelter building
  • Discover what materials are readily available in the surrounding environment
  • Practice working together as a cooperative whole
  • Play games that will help them become familiar with local plants and animals
Thursday, October 25th, 2018 “Juniper Jedis”

Ages 6 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Students will learn the art of silently stalking animals and people. In addition, they will practice listening closely to the Earth Force. Camouflage is essential for all Juniper Jedis and we will spend a good deal of our time practicing this skill of becoming invisible. Each participant will leave the camp with a complete ‘camouflage kit,’ which will enable them to quickly blend in to their surroundings, no matter what the situation. Additionally, students will develop their ability to understand the language of the birds, giving them a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ of their surroundings and informing them what their prey is up to, as well as any nearby predators. All of this and we’ll still have time to play and enjoy ourselves as every Juniper Jedi knows how to have a good time! Learn how to sense the Forces of nature and become an extension of the forest.

Students Will:

  • Learn the art of silently stalking animals and people
  • Study bird language to tap into the invisible web of the Earth Force
  • Practice effective camouflage techniques
  • Create a camouflage kit to take home
Friday, October 26th, 2018 “Halloween Witches and Wizards”

Ages 6 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Welcome to the Wildheart School of Wizardry! Subjects include potion making, care and study of magical creatures, intuition, and transfiguration into different local animals. Each student will create a personalized wizard wand that will aid them in honing their magical skills.

Students Will:

  • Create a unique wand
  • Study potion making with local wild plants
  • Participate in care and study of magical creatures activities
  • Develop intuitive powers
  • Learn the art of transfiguration into local and mythic animals
Monday, November 12th, 2018 “Bigfoot Fanatics”

Ages 6 – 11 Skyliner Lodge

Why are Bigfoot believers and raving lunatics often mentioned in the same breath? Simple: Bigfoot believers are often CRAZY-cool people! That’s why we’ve created Wildheart Bigfoot Fanatics. If you are convinced that mysteries in the forest still exist, that humans have barely scratched the surface of who bigfoot may be, and you feel inspired to journey out and discover the truth for yourself, then you may be a CRAZY-perfect fit for this inspiring class. Bigfoot fanatics will train in the skill of tracking, as it is crucial to be able to discern typical animal and human prints from the elusive bigfoot track. They will also practice in the art of invisibility to better understand such a stealthy creature. This skill will be practiced in team games in order to test our abilities of tracking an elusive target. Finally, students will learn to navigate the delicate relationship of reciprocity between themselves and nature which is a common theme in many bigfoot experiences. Whether or not we encounter the most mysterious creature in our forests, there is sure to be a bounty of fun, stories, and laughter.

Students Will:

  • Practice the art of tracking
  • Learn camouflage techniques
  • Explore the art of moving through the woods without being noticed
  • Share stories of Bigfoot encounters
  • Navigate the delicate relationship of reciprocity between humans and nature
Monday, November 19th, 2018 “Dragon Riders”

Ages 5 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Survival skills are essential to every rider, as unexpected events are the norm when it comes to dealing with dragons. Thus, we will spend our time fine tuning our skills of nature dependence, learning to find what we need in any situation. Of course, map skills are also high on the agenda of a Wildheart Rider, and we will develop our ability to use and create accurate maps. Our time in this study would not be complete without adventurous challenges that put our newly learned skills to the test. Be prepared to find hidden treasures and traverse diverse obstacles in the process. If your skills in earth technology will not help you, then your skills in magic must. A dragon rider often depends on the mind’s eye to complete a journey, and we will help any aspiring riders to access this most magical of tools. If adventure is your middle name, then hop on a winged reptile and meet us at Wildheart Dragon Riders.

Students Will:

  • Receive a dragon with a particular power to ride
  • Create maps in order to accomplish fantastical missions
  • Learn to use a compass and read maps to search for hidden treasure
  • Practice survival skills
  • Cultivate mind’s eye powers to aid them in their adventures
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 “Special Ops Survivors”

Ages 7 – 11 Skyliner Lodge

Wildheart Special Ops Survivors know that emergencies are unpredictable. They also know that certain skills and behaviors will greatly increase one’s likelihood of surviving any disaster that arises. During our time together students will train in essential skills of survival, including shelter building, fire making, water purification, and emergency signaling. We will also cultivate the fundamental qualities of survivors, like a calm mind, an ability to make decisions, maintaining humor, and many more. Special Ops Survivors will learn to navigate the world of unpredictability while playing team games, making new friends, and preparing themselves to face the challenges of nature. If you would like to be a part of the new generation of survivors, then our Special Ops team is the place to be.

Students Will:

  • Learn survival skills
  • Practice shelter building
  • Create fire from the surroundings
  • Problem solve in a group setting
  • Train in emergency signaling techniques
  • Learn techniques to stay calm in the midst of stress
  • Practice the art of decision making
Monday, January 21st, 2019 “Snow Castle Sculptors”
Ages 7 – 11 Skyliner Lodge
Kids will have a chance to let out their inner builder and creative architect in this exciting outdoor adventure. The basics of winter shelter building will be covered and actively applied as the children build a primitive winter dwelling. With proper adornment, these dwellings can be transformed into snowy castles. There will be many challenges to face in this kingdom of ice and snow, and some of them will require an age old weapon: snowballs! Come sledding in if you’re ready to work, play, and have a blast learning how make a home in the ice.
Students Will:
  • Learn step-by-step how to create a primitive winter dwelling
  • Use creativity to contribute to design and adornments
  • Learn about the importance of warmth in wilderness survival
Friday, February 1st, 2019 “Fire Dancers”

Ages 6 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Fire is a powerful element that has captivated the attention and demanded the respect of humans since the beginning of our time on Earth. Our ancestors relied on fire for warmth, light, making tools, cooking, purifying water, and as a gathering place to share stories and magic with each other. Truthfully, without fire there would be no human race today. The foundation of this camp is to create and maintain fires safely, as well as explore the magic and wonder of what fire can bring to our experience in nature. Fire safety is our top priority. If a child is not demonstrating the ability to be safe around fire, she/he will not be permitted to participate in fire making. Additionally, all instructors are certified in First Aid by the American Heart Association. We will be examining what is available to make a fire. Primitive and modern techniques for creating a flame, including friction fire, will be demonstrated. Once our hearth has been ignited, we will gather around the warmth to tell stories, sip on warm drinks, and experience the ancient, wonderful magic of fire.

Students Will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of fire safety
  • Experience a live friction fire demonstration
  • Practice creating a tinder bundle from surrounding resources
  • Experience the magic of fire with songs and storytelling
Monday, February 18th, 2019 “Stone Age Sculptors”

Ages 8 – 12 Skyliner Lodge

Students will learn to look at the world with a ‘primitive eye,’ assessing what life-giving materials are available in their immediate surroundings. Stone Age humans relied upon natural technologies to secure all of life’s necessities. Their skills and tools were not only adequate for a thriving life, they were so effective that ancient peoples had ample time to create art, stories, and the cultures which came to define our species. In this class we will be calling upon the spirit of our Stone Age ancestors. Students will learn to look at the world with a ‘primitive eye,’ assessing what life-giving materials are available in their immediate surroundings. We will share stories and play games as ancient humans once did. As a capstone craft, everyone will have the chance to create a stone bead using only natural materials and Stone Age grit. This ‘primitive bling’ will be theirs to take home and show off to the modern world. If your ready to dive into the consciousness of a caveman (or woman), than join us for this wild outing!

Students Will:

  • Learn primitive stone carving methods
  • Come away with a stone necklace
  • Learn about edible and medicinal plants
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 “Middle Earth Magicians”

Ages 6 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Middle Earth can be a treacherous world of magical spells, messy politics, unforgiving rules of survival, and mysterious dangers lurking within every forest. For our Middle Earth Magicians, this sounds like a marvelous place to call home. Why? Because Wildheart Magicians know the secrets of how to command their magical power and they are masters of compromise and negotiation. The forest and all of it’s mysteries are great allies to a Magician and they rely upon their skills of nature connection and survival to thrive in a hostile world. All of the kingdoms in Middle Earth, including the elves, trolls, hobbits, and dwarves respect their Magicians as leaders and guides. As such, we will embark upon a great journey exploring the realms of self mastery and peace. We will learn to speak with the elements of nature and form alliances with our plant, animal and mineral allies. Group challenges will test the Magician’s skill of creativity and dark forces will be battled with a peaceful passion. If all goes according to plan, and with the helping hand of fate on our side, stories of our time together will be told across the kingdom for ages to come.

Students Will:

  • Learn wilderness survival skills
  • Map the Middle Earth territories
  • Practice problem solving and teamwork during group challenges
  • Form alliances with local animals and plants
  • Practice the art of illusion with magic tricks
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 “Hobbit and Faerie Hunters”

Ages 5 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

During our day of Wildheart Hobbit & Faerie Hunters, we will be doing just that! Kids will ‘hunt’ for perfect hobbit & faerie habitat, and create houses out of plants and natural materials for them to visit and enjoy. As participants unleash their creativity, they will learn the types of plants each magical creature prefers, based on the plant’s medicinal, or lack thereof, value. We will also discover what animals are friends with our hobbits & faeries based on what habitat they share. One important aspect of making faerie houses is choosing where to build. For this, we will wind our way through the trees and around the riverside stones in search of locations that will be the most likely to attract magical creatures. Throughout the day, we will practice hearing the language of birds, which all fantasy creatures know, so that we can decipher the messages of the winged ones. Join us for song, play, art, creativity and fun!

Students Will:

  • Open their awareness to explore hidden faerie and hobbit habitats
  • Build hobbit and faerie houses
  • Activate houses with tones, potions, and chants
  • Sing faerie songs
  • Discover plant and animal friends of the magical forest creatures
Friday, April 12th, 2019 “Mythic Mermaids and Mermen”

Ages 5 – 10 Skyliner Lodge

Wildheart Mythic Mermaids and Mermen know that water is the source of all life. They also know that water creatures need a healthy riparian zone in order to survive. During our time together, students will immerse themselves in the mythic watery realms as they study riparian plants, animals, and the river itself. We will share stories of mythic mermaids and mermen from Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond. Mermaids and mermen have a reputation for their breathtaking voices. We will activate our voices in the form of toning and songs. If you love to play in the watery domain with the willow, crawdads, and otter then Mythic Mermaids and Mermen is the place to be!

Students Will:

  • Explore riparian plants, animals, and critters
  • Build riparian houses for fantasy creatures
  • Hear mermaid and mermen legends from all over the world
  • Sing mermaid and mermen songs
  • Spend lots of time splashing and playing in the water
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Drop-off window is between 8:45am – 9am Pick-up window is between 3:15pm – 3:45pm
Tuition
$57/Day Early Bird Rate Through September 12th, 2018 $67/Day Regular Payment Plans are available through our registration system. Sibling and Multi-Session Discounts Apply!

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