Wild Earth Homeschool Program

Wild Earth Homeschool Program

Interested in Wild Earth Homeschool Program?

Need Financial Aid? Click here.

Our financial aid philosophy is take what you need and give what you can. We recognize that there are economic hardships, and we want to be accessible to all, so we ask that you pay whatever it is that you can.

The more you can pay, the more children we are able to extend aid to. Before you request financial aid we ask families to consider if there are family members or friends who might help provide a scholarship to your family for this program.

For:

5 – 11 year olds

Additional Questions?

Drop us an email or give us a call and we'll be happy to answer your questions.
hello@wildearth.org
(845) 256-9830

Wild Earth Homeschool Program

A truly inspirational setting where farm and wilderness meet, the Wild Earth Homeschool Program provides a unique and deeply connective experience for 5-11 year olds. Skilled mentors offer students direct experience of caring for the land and animals of the farm, while learning a mix of wilderness living skills that will strengthen their relationship with themselves, each other, and the natural world.

Compassionate, knowledgeable and creative role-models will use a mix of games, storytelling, exploration and play to expand each child’s awareness of their surroundings, their interests and their ability to create a better world.

Curriculum areas include:

– Place Based Nature Connection

– Wilderness Living Skills

– Stewardship

– Community Building

– Farm and Garden Education

*While the program was designed to meet the needs of homeschooled children, it is absolutely open to any child with an interest in nature!

Wild Earth and Phillies Bridge Farm and Wilderness Program Curriculum Includes:

Woods Adventuring and Wilderness Skills:

  • Naturalist Skills: basic identification skills, experiential field ecology, using field guides as a resource.
  • Shelter: understanding and building debris huts, lean-tos, and other shelter options.
  • Fire: primitive bow-drill and hand-drill, fire safety, fire tending will be demonstrated and taught.
  • Water: finding potable water, purifying, etc.
  • Wandering and Aidless Navigational Skills: lost proofing, directional awareness, song lining, map reading
  • Nature Games: a variety of energetic and intuitive games that inspire learning in embodied ways.
  • Natural Crafts: basket weaving, natural teas, wooden spoons, burn bowls, natural paints, natural dyes, nature journaling.

Camp Craft:

  • Tarp Setup and maintenance, primitive shelter building
  • Knife safety training and basic carving
  • Fire safety and fire tending
  • Rope maintenance, knots, etc.
  • Outdoor cooking skills and appreciation

Forest Etiquette:

  • Woods Safety: Identifying and dealing with hazards
  • Owl Eyes, Fox Walking: Opening the Senses, connecting with the body
  • The Honoring Routine: Building relationships with the animals
  • Scout Communications: Communicating to each other without words
  • Quiet Mind: Practicing stillness to build deeper relationship
  • Leave a positive trace: Leaving no trace and leave spaces more beautiful
  • Gratitude: Cultivating gratitude and gift-giving
  • Bird Language: Know what is happening in the forest by listening and interpreting bird song

Connection to Food, Farm & Garden:

  • Harvest and enjoy uber-fresh seasonal farm snacks
  • Bake pizza with ingredients harvested on the farm in the Phillies Bridge Cob Oven
  • Hang out and care for 7 month old goats
  • Learn to take care of chickens
  • Garden in the Phillies Bridge education and discovery gardens
  • Hands on experience growing and cultivating food, herbs and flowers