nature is often overlooked as a healing balm 

for the emotional hardships in a child's life


PPS Seeding/Sapling Skills Series

Ages 4-6 at Eastern Promenade

Ages 6-10 at The Root Cellar

Children's curiosity reaches up and out naturally, like seedlings 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 week-long seedling series (ages 4-6) sessions are designed to provide an approachable, accessible introduction to many small-scale, place-based living skills for kids ages 4-6. We meet from 9:00am to 12:30pm, four days a week at the Eastern Promenade in Portland and facilitate a rotating variety of outdoor activities. Our sapling series (ages 6-10) will meet on Mondays, from 12:30-5:00pm, at The Root Cellar in Portland.

This year, we are working in tandem with Portland Public Schools to offer programming to their students. At this time, only PPS students may enroll in these programs. 


Seedling Series: Summer 2022 Dates

Session 1: Tuesday, July 5 - Thursday, July 7

Session 2: Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14

Session 3: Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21

Session 4: Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4

Session 5: Monday, August 8 - Thursday, August 11

Sapling Series: Summer 2022 Dates

July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25

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Tennis and Rewilding Series at Waynflete

(Ages 7-12)

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.

This year, we have partnered with Waynflete to offer summer camp programming - tennis, anyone? - to the general public. These programs are open to all children, whether enrolled in PPS or Waynflete, or not.

Tennis and Rewilding at Waynflete (click to register)

June 20 - June 24 (2nd-3rd graders)

July 5 - July 8 (4th-6th graders)

July 11 - July 15 (2nd-4th graders)

July 18 - July 22 (2nd-3rd graders)