Get your wild kid outside!
Holistic Survival School does not offer children’s nature classes. For most classes students 12 and up are welcome to come with an accompanying adult and their own ticket. However, our good friends and neighbors at FOREST FLOOR WILDERNESS PROGRAM do run both summer and year-round kids nature connection programs:
Forest Floor utilizes a highly effective educational approach called Nature-Connection Mentoring, which draws on children's inherent enthusiasm for the natural world as a context to actively engage them in the learning process. Children are guided by the mentor towards the empowering experience of curiosity-driven discovery instead of simply being handed information.
Using the subtle Art of Questioning children are challenged to step to the edge of their knowledge and awareness, then enticed by a further mystery to grow beyond that edge. With the help of what we call Universal Child Passions (think berries, games, exploring, etc.), we create a learning environment that is motivated by the natural inclinations of the children themselves.
Combining a modern understanding of brain patterning and habit creation with these other more ancient methods of mentoring, the children find themselves immersed in an “invisible school” with the forest as their ”classroom”. The goal of such mentoring is nothing short of helping each individual reach their full potential.
Our core curriculum is informed and shaped using the 8 Shields Cultural-Mentoring model. Based on the patterns and cycles of the natural world, this model accounts for the innate rhythms of individuals and their environment, providing a seemingly effortless but remarkably effective trajectory for learning.
Through games, stories and exploration children will learn:
Outdoor Safety and Awareness
Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants
Wilderness Survival Skills
Ecology, Community, Self-Discovery