nature is often overlooked as a healing balm
for the emotional hardships in a child's life
Sapling Skills Series (ages 6-10)
Children's curiosity reaches up and out naturally, like saplings searching for the sunlight. When adults are able to meet them where they're at, we can help cultivate the passion for learning and growth that is inherent in every person. We gravitate towards building, creating, exploring and making decisions that affect our world because we, as humans, have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years of living in direct relationship with the land. These skills are embedded in our collective memory; that's why so many kids love playing outside.
Our six-week sapling series is designed to provide an approachable, accessible introduction to many small-scale, place-based living skills for kids ages 6-10. We meet once a week for three hours at the Eastern Promenade in Portland and facilitate a rotating variety of outdoor activities.
Summer 2021 Dates:
July 7, 14, 21, 28,
Summer 2021 Classes:
1. Making shelter, emergency preparedness, land navigation
2. Foraging for wild edibles, plant medicine, natural awareness
3. Matchless fire-starting, campfire safety
4. Journey looms, woven bags and pouches
5. Bundle-bows and arrows, archery, spears and atlatls
6. Invasive bittersweet baskets, natural cordage and carabiners from plant fibers
Fledgling Series (ages 11-15)
Our goal is to create the container for long-term, multi-generational communities of children to learn together outside. Learning happens best when young people are encouraged to follow their own curiosity. We cultivate the sense of wonder inherent within us all, and allow each person's unique passions to affect the flow of education. We use a variety of small-scale, place-based living skills, activities, games and stories about natural history to teach kids what they need to know.
The keystone principles we teach are:
1. We are all deeply connected to the land, and to each other,
2. Each of our actions have effects on all those around us,
3. The earth gives us what we need with loving generosity, and,
4. With patience and resilience, we can make the necessary mistakes required to learn how to be healthy, happy, helpful humans in a world that so desperately needs our presence.
We meet every Monday from 9am-3pm. We work to maintain a mentor:mentee ratio of 1 to 5. Space is ultimately limited to 15 students. In order to ensure our community is a diverse and safe space for all children, registration may not guarantee enrollment. If there is sufficient interest from the community, we can open for a second day per week (or switch to a different day.)
Summer Semester 2021 Dates
July 5, 12, 19, 26