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Forest School

Learning Rooted in Exploration

 

EarthWorks is Rochester’s premier forest school program offering classes in 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. Each of our learning guides has specialized skills, in addition to training from:

 

–     American Forest Foundation: Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
–     The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Growing Up Wild
–     Council for Environmental Education: Project WILD & Aquatic

 

As developing healthier communities, cultivating fields in STEAM, and protecting our natural environment become a national focus, the practice of Forest School has migrated from Europe to North America. EarthWorks practice 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 Experiential Learning 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 Forest School | Veterans Memorial Park – Penfield
Student (ages 8-15)
Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 15

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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
–     Wildcrafting & responsible tool use

 

EarthWorks learning guides 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 2018 Sessions | $275*
September 12th – November 15th
Session 1: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Session 2: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Winter 2018 Session | $300*
November 29th – February 14th (no class 12/27)
Session 1: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM FULL


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Interested in joining our 
wait list? Please contact asteinkamp@centerforyouth.net

*Single sibling discounts available when registering



Nature Explorers Forest School | Veterans Memorial Park – Penfield
Student (ages 5-7)

Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 12

 

earthworks nature explorers fall forest school

Designed especially for young learners, this class brings your child into the world where they are free to discover and feel at 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 Learning Guides 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 2018 Sessions | $220* Closed

September 10th – November 19th (no class 10/8 & 11/12)
Session 1: Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2: Mondays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

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Interested in joining our 
wait list? Please contact asteinkamp@centerforyouth.net

*Single sibling discounts available when registering


Forest Preschool | Veterans Memorial Park – Penfield
Student (ages 3-4)
Session Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 10

earthworks fall forest pre-school
While Forest Preschool may look and feel like play, our learning 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 learning guides 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 2018 Sessions | $205* Closed

Veterans Memorial Park – Penfield 

September 10th – November 19th (no class 10/8 & 11/12)
Session 1: Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2: Mondays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

September 12th – November 14th
Session 3: Wednesdays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Sign-up for Updates 

Interested in joining our wait list? Please contact asteinkamp@centerforyouth.net
*Single sibling discounts available when registering