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Homeschool Classes

Ages 613

Our Homeschool Programs are for families who want their children to understand and feel deeply connected to the natural world.

Drop-In Days available!

Children Will:

  • Develop a deeper connection with nature
  • Gain knowledge about local plants, animals, and ecosystems in Central Oregon
  • Learn interpersonal skills and make friends
  • Become better at maintaining focus
  • Learn how to thrive in challenging situations
  • Exercise their growing minds so that they can develop in a positive and healthy setting

Your programs have changed my son’s life in very powerful ways. He learned to embrace his uniqueness! I saw him grow into a more confident young man that is more in touch with himself on a spiritual level and with nature. He learned to be quiet within himself and for him that has been profound!

Thank you for all you offer!

Jenny Kettle

Girls in Nature Class

Program Description

Our Homeschool Programs consist of outings that provide adventure and rich learning opportunities for children ages 6 – 13. The program is open to all families, even if you do not Homeschool. Spending time outdoors learning, playing, and exploring has countless benefits for children’s emotions, physical health, social development, and happiness. According to Aurora Early Childhood Education, mixed-age learning environments nurture early childhood learning and leadership, help kids establish a sense of uniqueness, encourage cooperation over competition, introduce new ways for kids to develop and grow, and help kids grow more confident. In the Tracker’s Club program, we allow participants to experience and study the land they call home. Each class has a unique and fun theme such as “Primitive Skills” and “Local Animals.” Although we follow a curriculum, we also welcome spontaneous exploration, investigation, and intuitive changes of focus. Our learning philosophies and many of our activities are inspired by Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown. Much of our curriculum has been developed by us as well. We facilitate a variety of activities such as nature arts and crafts, attuning to the wild, tracking, primitive skills, survival skills, nature songs, and much more! Along with the in person classes, we also give parents tools for continuing the learning at home through follow-up exercises and resources. You are welcome to sign up for as many of these sessions as you want.

Winter + Spring 2023 Programs

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Wednesday 

Ancestral Skills

Although the term has already begun, there is a Drop-In option available if you want to trial the class and then sign up at a prorated amount. Register online for our Drop-In Option here.

Locations:
Tumalo State Park, Juniper Jungle Farm, Skyliner Lodge
Please review details about these locations before registering

Fees:
Early Bird through December 1st, 2022: $1,133 + $44 materials fee
Regular: $1,213 + $44 materials fee

Wednesdays January 11th, 2023- Wednesday, May 24th, 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 6 – 11

January 11th
Skyliner Lodge
“Games and Community Building”

January 18th
Skyliner Lodge
“Tales of Coyote and Raven”

January 25th
Skyliner Lodge
“Cooking Over the Open Fire”

February 1st
Skyliner Lodge
“Imbolc Fables and Cider”

February 8th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Techniques Level 1”

February 15th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Techniques Level 2”

March 1st
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Shelter Techniques”

March 8th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Primitive Games”

March 15th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Stone Soup”

March 22nd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Dragon Egg Treasure Hunt”

April 5th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Scouting Skills: Beginning Tracking”

April 12th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Animal Behaviors”

April 19th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Local Animals”

April 26th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“The Art of Invisibility”

May 3rd
Tumalo State Park
“Animal Senses”

May 10th
Tumalo State Park
“Recipe for a Forest”

May 17th
Skyliner Lodge
“Foxhole Forest Mapping”

May 24th
Skyliner Lodge
“Ultimate Capture the Flag”

Thursday

Bushcraft Academy

Although the term has already begun, there is a Drop-In option available if you want to trial the class and then sign up at a prorated amount. Register online for our Drop-In Option here.

Locations:
Tumalo State Park, Juniper Jungle Farm, Skyliner Lodge
Please review details about these locations before registering

Fees:
Early Bird through December 1st, 2022: $1,133 + $44 materials fee
Regular: $1,213 + $44 materials fee

Thursdays January 12th, 2023 -May 25th, 2023
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7 – 13

January 12th
Skyliner Lodge
“Games and Community Building”

January 19th
Skyliner Lodge
“Talbots Game”

January 26th
Skyliner Lodge
“Cooking Over the Open Fire”

February 2nd
Skyliner Lodge
“Imbolc Fables and Cider”

February 9th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Five Minute Fire”

February 16th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Healing Broth and Top Down Fire”

March 2nd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Coal Burnt Spoons Level 1”

March 9th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Coal Burnt Spoons Level 2”

March 16th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Friction Fire”

March 23rd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Herbal Allies and Equinox Celebration”

April 6th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Bark Tanning

April 13th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Rattle Making”

April 20th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Rattle Making 2”

April 27th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Camouflage Level 1”

May 4th
Tumalo State Park
“Camouflage Level 2”

May 11th
Tumalo State Park
“Bird Language”

May 18th
Skyliner Lodge
“Fox Walking and Stalking”

May 25th
Skyliner Lodge
“Ultimate Capture the Flag”

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