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YOUTH NATURALIST PROGRAM
October-May School Year
When? 2022-23 School Year Options:
Tuesdays (7-9 year olds) and Wednesdays (10-12 year olds) 10am-1pm.
Fall Quarter 2022: October 4 - November 16
Winter Quarter 2023: January 17- March 1
Spring Quarter 2023: April 4 - May 17
Fall Quarter 2023 will be posted for registration this summer. Sign up for reminder emails in the contact box at the bottom of our main webpage!
Where? Parks and Public Lands in Bend, Oregon. Differing locations depending on activity. Registered families will receive all the upcoming quarter's locations via email in the weeks before the quarter. See our Locations page for more info.
Who? Families in search of alternative learning supplements for the school year. We welcome kids to these programs whether you're homeschooling, unschooling, charter schooling or otherwise.
This course is designed to be a small, multi-age group. 2022-2023 Homeschool will be age groups 7-9 and 10-12.
How much? $275 per quarter, 7 classes included in each quarter.
9:50-10am Students arrive and visit the nature museum, chat by the fire, or freeplay while others arrive.
~10-10:15 Play a group game or introductory activity
~10:20 Opening circle, question of the day, and plan for the day
We'll then move into our topic or main activity for the day! All days will be immersive, interactive, hands-on, inquiry-based, and hold the goal of nature connection. Some daily topics are: stealth and natural camouflage, wildlife tracking and trailing, wild edibles and plant explorations, archery and atlatls, animal adaptations exploration, fire making, shelter building, birds and bird language, making potions and medicines with plants, fiber arts and plant dyes, carving/knife safety, pottery, leather crafting, scavenger hunts, and more!
~11:30 Break for Lunch/Snack/whatever students have brought for refueling
~12:45 We'll make a goal to close with a Story of the Day, where folks can share highlights or learned facts from the day and hear about the next meeting's topic
1:00 pm Pickup!
Options for the 2022-23 School Year! Contact us at email@example.com with any inquiries, including info about subsidies for immediate family of veterans, for tribal members, and for families with financial need.