EMBRACE THE MUD, LEARN NEW SKILLS, AND SPEND TIME IN NATURE!
Forest Adventures is a program for 5-12 year olds to learn through play and adventure in the great outdoors. Come build forts, learn to light a fire, make woodland crafts, and discover amazing things about the natural world. Forest Adventures is a time to embrace the mud, learn new skills, and enjoy spending some quality time with friends in nature!
Summer Session: Saturday, July 7th - Saturday, August 18th
10am - 12pm at Retreat Farm
(Session skips Saturday, July 28th)
Unlike Little Explorers, parents should plan on dropping off their children for this program. It's your time to run errands or better yet, go on a restorative hike without your kids in tow!
Members: $85 | Non-Members: $100 | $65 Sibling Rate | Drop in Fee: $20 (cash only)
Caylin is an Outdoor Educator with a passion for nature-based, experiential, and holistic approaches to education. She has 10 years of experience working with children of all ages in a variety of outdoor settings, including national parks, nature centers, educational farms, and city parks. Caylin spent 4 years living in the UK from 2013 to 2017 where she trained and worked as a Forest School Leader, delivering programs for toddlers, elementary, and middle school-aged children, including those with special needs. Caylin is enrolled in the MS in Environmental Education graduate program at Antioch University New England and is very excited to work with the Retreat Farm!
THE FOREST SCHOOL MODEL
Forest Adventures is modeled after the UK Forest School approach, which takes participants' holistic development into account, considering well-being, social connection, and environmental awareness just as important as (and arguably necessary for) academic achievement. Some characteristics of a Forest School program include: taking place entirely outdoors, involving time for free exploration and play, and encouraging appropriate risk taking to build participants' confidence and resilience. Benefits associated with Forest School are improved mental and physical health (reducing stress and increasing physical fitness), support of emotional and social development, and the strengthening of participants' relationships to their local area and the greater natural world.