The Wildlings program will not be offered in the Fall of 2020. We are currently assessing the demand for the program and interviewing teachers to possibly run Wildlings in Winter or Spring 2020/2021. We will keep you updated on our progress and our decision making process.
The Wildings program is designed to meet the unique middle school children. In this transitional time between childhood and young adulthood, regular nature immersion brings peace and grounding. By learning about the natural world, working together through challenges, and building new skills, children gain confidence and a sense of their place in the world.
This program is place and play-based and inquiry-driven. Projects and curriculum emerge from the interests, discoveries, and conversations between students and teachers.
The program offers:
•Time to be present, play and connect
•Environmental monitoring and other in-depth projects or research •Learning to use and create maps and field guides
•Foraging and wildcrafting
•Bushcraft and tool use
•Making and cooking with fires
•End-of-year backpacking trip
Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable spending time outdoors in all weather conditions and must be able to hike short distances (up to about 1 mile) on uneven terrain. They must be willing to wear appropriate clothing/gear, including warm layers, waterproof pants and jacket, socks, and rain boots. Participants must be able to stay with the group, follow basic safety rules and instructions, and communicate needs or issues to an adult.