Outdoor Play and Nature Connection
“It takes time–loose, unstructured dreamtime– to experience nature in a meaningful way. Unless parents are vigilant, such time becomes a scarce resource, not because we intend it to shrink, but because time is consumed by multiple, invisible forces; because our culture currently places so little value on natural play.” –Richard Louv, Author of “Last Child In the Woods”
When I got out of school as a kid, I would stop by home for a quick snack and then head outside to play in the forest with my friends. We’d play games, explore creeks, climb trees, trade things, pretend we were a tribe and most importantly stay out until our parents called us in for dinner.
My after school programs provide this sense of freedom and adventure, and add to it an experienced guide who shows the kids wilderness skills, teaches naturalist knowledge through play and keeps them safe. Active and creative, they are a great balance to the typical school day spent focusing indoors.
After-school programs may include:
- Nature awareness
- Wilderness Survival
- Games and hiking
- Animal Tracking
- Plant ID and uses
- Primitive Skills
- Wilderness safety and lost-proofing
- Stealth and Archery
- Bird Language
- Ecology and sustainable practices
- Ecological gardening
- Music and theater
- Nutrition and cooking
- Ecological arts and crafts
- Journalling and nature meditation
- Yoga and movement
- Peacemaking and team building
- Leadership skills
Current Schedule of After School Programs:
Where: Meeting at Manor School and going from there to open spaces around Fairfax
When: Wednesdays, pick up between 1:55-2:15p.m, drop-off at 5:30p.m. at Manor, if these times almost work for you but not quite we may be able to meet you where we are going, just ask us.
Who: Ages 6-8, 9-12 (do not have to be a Manor student to participate)
Fall Session: 16 classes- September 4th-Dec 18th, 2013 (off Nov 27th)
Tuition: $576 for the full session, can be paid monthly. Some scholarships may be available contact us.
Don’t see anything that matches your schedule? Contact us to set up a program.