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Homeschool Classes

Ages 613

Our Homeschool Clubs are for families who want their children to understand and feel deeply connected to the natural world. Classes are conducted 100% outdoors and with access to trails, rivers, caves, and a well–ventilated tipi!

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.

Fall 2022 Programs

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Wednesday

Ancestral Skills

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

Health and Safety:
Please review our Health and Safety Policies here

Fees:
Early Bird through May 14th, 2022: $747 + $40 materials fee
Regular: $797 Regular + $40 materials fee

Wednesdays September 21st, 2022- December 14th, 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 6 – 11

No class:
Wednesday, November 23rd

September 21st
Tumalo State Park
“Community and Primitive Games”

September 28th
Tumalo State Park
“Andy Goldsworthy Nature Art”

 October 5th
Tumalo State Park
“Foraged Edibles”

October 12th
Tumalo State Park
“Animals of Cascadia”

October 19th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Netting”

October 26th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Samhain Ancestral Celebration” 

November 2nd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Bark Tan Furs”

November 9th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Techniques” 

November 16th 
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Ash Cakes and Jam”

No Class: November 23rd

November 30th
Skyliner Lodge
“Cold Weather Shelter Techniques”

December 7th
Skyliner Lodge
“Songline and Drum Circle”

December 14th
Skyliner Lodge
“Winter Solstice Celebration”

Thursday

Bushcraft Academy

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

Health and Safety:
Please review our Health and Safety Policies here

Fees:
Early Bird through May 14th, 2022: $747 + $40 materials fee
Regular: $797 Regular + $40 materials fee

Thursdays September 22nd, 2022 -December 15th, 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7 – 13

No class:
Thursday, November 24th

September 22nd
Tumalo State Park
“Community + Edible Plants”

September 29th
Tumalo State Park
“Herbology 101”

October 6th
Tumalo State Park
“Earth Pigment Printing” 

October 13th
Tumalo State Park
“Wild about Willows”

October 20th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Knife Safety and Carving 101”

October 27th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Turning of the Wheel Celebration”

November 3rd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Foundations”

November 10th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Elderberry Syrup and Soda”

November 17th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Ancient Tales and Fire”

No Class: November 24th

December 1st
Skyliner Lodge
“Buckskin Bags”

December 8th
Skyliner Lodge
“Music + Sensory Awareness” 

December 15th
Skyliner Lodge
“Winter Solstice Celebration”

Spring 2022 Programs

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Wednesday

Primitive Craft Enthusiasts

Class is Full. Sign up for the Waitlist.

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

Health and Safety:
Please review our Health and Safety Policies here

Wednesdays, January 12th 2022 – Wednesday, May 25th 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 8 – 13

No class:
Wednesday, February 16th
Wednesday, March 23rd
 

January 12th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Community Building”

January 19th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Knife Safety” 

January 26th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Scavenger Hunt”

February 2nd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Twining” 

February 9th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Creation”

No Class February 16th

February 23rd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Leather Pouch Making”

March 2nd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Game Creation”

March 9th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Survival Shelter”

March 16th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Map Making”

No Class March 23rd

March 30th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Sensory Awareness”

April 6th
Tumalo State Park
“Nature Art”

April 13th
Juniper Jungle  Learning Farm
“Local Animals of Central Oregon” 

April 20th
Tumalo State Park
“Animal Tracking 101”

April 27th
Tumalo State Park
“Eco Printing”

May 4th
Skyliner Lodge
“Beltane Spring Celebration”

May 11th
Skyliner Lodge
“Edible and Medicinal Plants”

May 18th
Skyliner Lodge
“Bite and Sting Salve Creation”

May 25th
Skyliner Lodge
“Term Review”

June 1st
Skyliner Lodge
“Make Up Day”

Thursday

Bushcraft Academy

Class is Full. Sign up for the Waitlist.

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

Health and Safety:
Please review our Health and Safety Policies here

Thursday, January 13th 2022 – Thursday, May 26th 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7 – 11

No class:
Thursday, February 17th
Thursday, March 24th

January 13th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Community Building”

January 20th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire Foundations”

January 27th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Knife Safety”

February 3rd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Survival Priorities”

February 10th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Water Collection and Purification”

No Class February 17th

February 24th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Twining”

March 3rd
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Fire and Food”

March 10th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Friction, Flint, and Lens Fire Creation”

March 17th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Herbal Wilderness First Aid”

No Class March 24th

March 31st
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Nature Art” 

April 7th
Tumalo State Park
“The Art of Nothing”

April 14th
Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Expedition 101: Map + Compass”

April 21st
Tumalo State Park
“Meet a Tree”

April 28th
Tumalo State Park
“Camouflage and Hiding” 

May 5th
Skyliner Lodge
“Beltane Spring Celebration”

May 12th
Tumalo State Park
“Edible and Medicinal Plants”

May 19th
Skyliner Lodge
“Local Tea Mix Creation”

May 26th
Skyliner Lodge
“Term Review”

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