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.
While nobody has ever been turned away for lack of funds, our ability to accommodate financial aid requests rests on the strength of our program enrollment and the generosity of the individuals, businesses and foundations that partner with Wild Earth to make financial aid possible.
We're in this together! Many of us are stretching ourselves to make sure that cost doesn't get in the way of anyone playing, exploring and learning in nature.
Requests for financial aid are processed alongside your registration. This enables you to reserve a space in the program while our team is reviewing aid requests. Register now and reserve your space in Artemis today.
Young womxn and femme-identifying youth ages 9 – 14*
*New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.
7 Saturdays, 1 Overnight (in the Spring)
Starting in October, ending in May.
Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day:
Saturdays: Rolling dropoff time from 9:30-10am – and pickup from 3-3:30pm
$795. Sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.
Wild Earth’s new home, 135 acres of wilderness on Rock Haven Road in Kerhonkson
Artemis provides a place for young womxn and femme-identifying youth to develop nourishing, intergenerational friendships with young adult mentors and mature women.
Through wilderness skills youth develop empowered self-reliance. Using creative play our instructors gently draw out the unique gifts and passions of the youth in a fun and safe social container. With our support, each child can reveal themself to the others and build trusting, loving, friendships, helping them develop the inner-resilience, bravery, and inspiration necessary to boldly author their own life.
Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require youth to flex their decision-making muscles, voice their ideas, and cultivate a plethora of leadership capacities, including awareness and sensory acuteness, self-care and care of others, quiet mind and patience, cooperation, empathy and embracing differences, puzzle solving, detecting patterns and tracking changes, and healthy assertiveness.
Eighth graders are invited to return to Artemis for their crowning year!
Returning for a final year of Artemis is a great way to continue developing your Wild Earth toolkit and an important step towards preparing for a wilderness-based rite of passage/solo experience.
Eighth graders will be given special challenges, responsibilities and opportunities to stretch themselves. If they so choose, they will help out with the youngest group in the program, where they will hone their skills as CITs. The role of each 8th grader will be customized according to her interests and goals.
Is your teen interested in becoming a CIT at Summer Camp? Joining as a participant will fulfill the volunteer time required to apply as summer camp CIT, since CIT practice time will be built in throughout the program.
New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.
We cultivate self-assuredness by teaching youth survival skills and the ability to make useful and beautiful crafts. Participants learn fire-by-friction, use and care of wild edibles, primitive archery and bow-making, basketry, natural dyeing, wildlife tracking, use of natural fibers, navigation, shelter-building and other related skills.
We’ve also found that creative physical pursuits provide the kind of collaborative environment that elicits healthy risk-taking. We foster youth’s physical and creative development by teaching acro-balancing, poi (traditional Maori juggling), slack-line walking and other fun physical pursuits. We also foster self-expression and creative development through singing and song-writing, nature-journaling and drawing, storytelling and other expressive arts.
A typical day begins with welcoming games, followed by an opening circle. We start the opening circle by sharing in gratitude and singing a song before we venture into the forest.
In the forest we play warm-up games and then settle into a focused activity. Participants work in small teams to accomplish a task, such as building a fire that is strong enough to burn brightly, untended, for five minutes. We then debrief the activity, helping youth articulate what they learned about themselves, their unique styles of facing challenges, and the natural world.
We then have lunch together, explore the woods, and play team-building games like creating a human obstacle course. In the afternoon, we do physical activities that teach intuition, agility and sensory awareness, such as having participants put on blindfolds and follow the sound of a beating-drum. As the young womxn and femme-identifying youth face these safe but risky-feeling challenges, we tell them about the unique leadership qualities we see emerging in each of them, helping them notice and develop these capacities.
We finish the day by holding a closing circle in the afternoon, during which youth will share stories about their day, and staff offer reflections about the growing group. At the end of the day, elders stay to support the program coordinator and staff as they debrief the day and learn more about ways they can grow further.
Artemis Activities May Include:
– Archery/bow making
– Singing and music making
– Playing awesome games
– Making friction fire
– Harvesting and using wild foods
– Natural dyeing
– Wildlife tracking
– Juggling and poi spinning
– Processing and using natural fibers
– Stalking and the art of camouflage
– Making natural remedies
– Building shelters
– Slack-line walking
– Group and partner acrobatics
– Earth-based crafts