Mystwood

Mystwood

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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.

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.

How to ask for aid–

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 Mystwood today.


For:

Girls and Boys ages 6-9

Times:

10am – 3:30pm

8 Saturdays:

  • Sat, October 5, 2019
  • Sat, November 2, 2019
  • Sat, December 14, 2019
  • Sat, January 18, 2020
  • Sat, February 8, 2020
  • Sat, March 14, 2020
  • Sat, April 18, 2020
  • Sat, May 9, 2020

Hazardous Weather Make Up Day:

  • Sat, June 13, 2020

Cost:

$680, sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.

Location:

Wild Earth’s new home, 135 acres of wilderness on Rock Haven Road in Kerhonkson

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

Mystwood

We warmly welcome you to Mystwood!

Mystwood is a nature connection program for 6-9 year olds that are looking to stay connected to Wild Earth throughout the school year.

Together, we will safely explore the elements and build lasting friendships out in the woods. At Mystwood, children are a part of creating a community in the woods that will meet once a month to witness the changes in the forest and in one another.

Mystwood is the first chance for young children to join Wild Earth for a year round experience, honing in on their skills and braving the wintry months.

Each day begins with a morning circle where thanksgiving, songs and silly movement games bring us further into our bodies. The day’s activities are a blend of both guided play-based learning and structured skill-building activities. Together our days will be spent playing nature-based games that expand our awareness, learning earth living skills, hearing oral stories from skilled instructors and visiting elders, singing songs inspired by nature’s beauty, exploring the land for mysteries and beauty, building forts and shelters in the leaves, wandering the caves and boulders and building life long friendships with other children and the land.

Each day is filled with team-building games that cultivate a wide range of skills such as 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.

Children walk away from Mystwood feeling at home in nature and at home in themselves. Our staff is filled with seasoned teachers and naturalists who meet children where they are and help them to find harmony and joy both in the group and in the forest.

The Mystwood program uses wilderness living skills, awareness games, and naturalist elements to facilitate curiosity in the following areas:

  • Awareness and sensory acuteness
  • Self-care & care of others
  • Quiet mind & patience
  • Cooperation
  • Empathy & embracing differences
  • Puzzle solving
  • Detecting patterns & tracking changes
  • Healthy assertiveness
  • Supportive leadership
  • Aidless Navigation
  • Tree & plant ID
  • Use & stewardship of wild plants
  • Friction fire
  • Fort and shelter building
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Natural container making
  • Nature research and journaling
  • Singing and songwriting
  • Acrobatics, balancing & juggling
  • Handwork & natural crafts
  • Drawing & painting
  • Storytelling & remembering

The instructors at Mystwood strive to use our curriculum to inspire and develop connections with self, community, and place/nature within your children.

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