Forest School | Earthworks Institute

Forest School

Learning Rooted in Exploration

 

EarthWorks Institute is the premier forest school program in Rochester offering classes in multiple green spaces in our area. One of the reasons we do this is to allow students to develop a broader understanding of nature and the changes happening all around us.

 

As developing healthier communities, cultivating fields in STEM, and protecting our natural environment become a national focus, the practice of Forest School has migrated from Europe to North America. EarthWorks Institute practices the internationally recognized standards of Forest School, which include:

 

–     Adventurous Activities
–     Environmental Education
–     Bushcraft & Horticulture
–     Coyote Mentoring
–     Earth Education
–     Field studies & More

 

Thanks to our exceptional Forest Guides, we’re able to customize learning for specific age groups and give students the confidence to explore the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. Find your class!

 

Ages 8-15
Ages 5-7
Ages 3-4

 

Forest Schools

 

Our 6 to 12 week semesters encourage students’ physical, intellectual, and social development in a natural
setting. Students will be stepping away from technology and into nature where they can develop skills not
found in a traditional school setting.

 

Choose one of these forest school programs to enhance your student’s learning:

 

Trackers | Ellison Park
Student (ages 8-15)

Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 15

 

trackers forest school

A unique survival skills program, Trackers (formerly Running Wild) is designed to teach ancient knowledge and understanding of the natural world combined with unique instruction on the time-honored techniques of wilderness living.

 

Expect your child to learn about:

 

–     Shelter & fire building
–     Identification of flora and fauna
–     Plants for food & medicine
–     Purification of water
–     Natural navigation
–     Wild crafting & responsible tool use

 

EarthWorks Institute staff encourage students to practice:

 

–     Wonders of the environment
–     Natural processes through immersion
–     Full sensory experience with nature
–     Working with peers
–     Practicing wilderness skills

 

Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Our goal is to activate each child’s curiosity and love for learning while fostering personal growth, social responsibility, and bonds that last a lifetime.

 

Fall 2017 Sessions | $275*
September 11th – November 20th
Mondays 11:00am-3:00pmFULL

 

Winter 2017/2018 Sessions | $300*
December 4th – March 5th (no class 12/25 & 1/1)
Mondays 11:00am-3:00pm OPEN

 

Spring 2018 Sessions | $300*
March 12th – June 4th (no class 5/28)
Mondays 11:00am-3:00pm OPEN

Interested in a waitlist option? Please contact us at info@earthworksinst.org

 

 

 

*Single sibling discounts available when registering



Nature Explorers | Corbett’s Glen
Student (ages 5-7)

Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 12

 

nature explorers forest school

Designed especially for young learners, this class brings your child into the world where they are free to discover and feel home in the woods. Learning without knowing they are even in a class.

 

Expect your child to learn about:

 

–     Basic wilderness safety
–     Hiking skills & practices
–     Introduction to ecology
–     Natural navigation
–     Food & hydration
–     Shelter building & more

 

EarthWorks Institute staff encourage students to practice:

 

–     Leave-no-trace ethics
–     Explore their natural curiosity
–     Participate in hands-on activities
–     Learn songs & primitive stories
–     Create a deep connection to nature

 

Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Our goal is to activate each child’s curiosity and love for learning while fostering personal growth, social responsibility, and bonds that last a lifetime.

 

Fall 2017 Sessions | $220*
September 11th – November 20th
Mondays 1:00pm-4:00pm FULL

 

Early Spring 2018 Sessions | $200*
March 5th – May 7th
Mondays 12:00pm-3:00pm OPEN

 

Late Spring 2018 Sessions | $120*
May 14th – June 25th (no class 5/28)
Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm OPEN

 

Interested in a waitlist option? Please contact us at info@earthworksinst.org

 

 

 

*Single sibling discounts available when registering


Forest PreSchool | Corbett’s Glen
preschool forest schoolStudent (ages 3-4)

Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 10

 

While Forest Preschool may look and feel like play, our guides care for and educate students through the world around them. Our program now runs for three hours each week and children go home each day tired, muddy, and filled with memories.

 

Expect your child to learn about:

 

–     Cooperative problem-solving
–     Developing a sense of autonomy
–     Empathy for other living things
–     Playing in nature & more

 

EarthWorks Institute staff encourage students to practice:

 

–     Curiosity & natural inquiry
–     Building community
–     Respect & love for nature

 

Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Our goal is to activate each child’s curiosity and love for learning while fostering personal growth, social responsibility, and bonds that last a lifetime.

 

Fall 2017 Sessions | $205*
September 11th – November 20th
Mondays 1:00pm-4:00pm FULL
Interested in a wait list? Email us at info@earthworksinst.org

 

Early Spring 2018 Sessions | $110*
April 2 – May 7
Mondays 1:00pm-4:00pm OPEN

 

Late Spring 2018 Sessions | $110*
May 14th – June 25th (no class 5/28)
Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm OPEN

 

Interested in a waitlist option? Please contact us at info@earthworksinst.org

 

 

 

*Single sibling discounts available when registering