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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 Wilderness Wednesdays today.
Youth ages 10 – 14
Session 1: Wednesdays, Sept 30-Oct 21, 2020
Session 2: Wednesdays, Oct 28-Nov 18, 2020
Wednesdays: drop-off at 9:30am – pick-up at 3:30pm
$360 per session. Sibling and multi-session 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
Over the course of four consecutive Wednesdays, this nature immersion program will cultivate confidence and leadership skills through inquiry based learning. Activities will include earth-based skills, sensory & awareness games, team-building, and natural, seasonal crafts.
This program extends an opportunity to mindfully plug into our natural surroundings and safely interact with our peers and mentors to build strong community and self awareness during these unprecedented times. Rich learning and community building opportunities will emerge through animal tracking, friction fire, tool-making, bird language, shelter-building, story, song, and stealth activities. These sensory based experiences offer pathways for our experienced staff to support developing social and emotional competencies in young leaders. Your child will navigate challenges as they grow into their voices and power as individuals and community members.
To minimize risk of spreading COVID-19, each small group (or pod) of 11 children will run independently, like a mini-camp. Wild Earth staff members will still collaborate as needed to support all groups, while maintaining social distance. Group placements will be made with developmental readiness, orientation to Wild Earth, and overall health and balance of groups in mind.
There will be two, four-week sessions this fall, so if your child is homeschooled, will be out of school, or has the ability to attend every Wednesday, you may want to sign up for both sessions.
You can sign up as an individual participant, but we also have a limited number of spots reserved for pre-organized pods of at least 7 and no more than 11 participants who want to register together as a group. However, if you sign up as a pod, you must cover the full cost of the pod (calculated as the cost for 11 participants), even if you choose to enroll fewer than 11 participants.
If you have already identified a pod of up to 11 participants, please ask your pod representative to contact our office at email@example.com or (845) 256-9830 to receive a customized registration form for your group. We have limited capacity for this program, but we will do our best to engage as many participants as possible.