Empowering learners to become agents for change through experiential and
We envision a world that cares for the Earth and its people, is equitable, and exists within the limits of the ecosystems that provide for our needs. We understand that fostering environmental literacy will help us to realize that vision. Ecological literacy and having a connection to place will be key components to creating a sustainable future for all. There are many access points to addressing a changing climate, to increasing academic achievement, and improving the lives of children and families. We have chosen education as our focal point because we believe that education is the means by which we pass culture from one generation to the next.
Nature Immersion for children ages 5 - 7
At EdenAcres Forest Kindergarten, we celebrate that children learn through hands-on and minds-on experiences. Each day our educators provide opportunities for your child to select, explore, and practice skills. What may look like “just play” to an adult is a child actively learning. At Forest kindergarten through a balance of play, exploration, and instructor-led games and activities, children develop problem-solving skills, self-regulation, social-emotional and motor skills.
Nature Immersion for children 5-12
A holistic learning experience using the native forest and a permaculture subsistence farm as our classrooms and nature as our teacher. Each day children will move between instructor-directed activities and self-directed play, both of which contribute to the holistic development of a child’s hands, heart, and mind. Our place-based curriculum integrates reading, writing, math, social studies, and the arts through hands-on projects, games, and activities.
Middle School Nature Immersion Program
A program designed specifically for young teens. Alongside experienced mentors, students will build community and develop skills to become young leaders through teambuilding activities, mastering outdoor skills, and designing and completing a stewardship project.
The Forest Keepers’ philosophy sees the student as the discoverer. Our job is to facilitate and support the gifts and passions of each unique student. Forest Keepers encourages students to push their comfort edges and expand their unique skill sets, developing their diverse abilities and talents to become capable, confident leaders in the broader community.
WHAT: Adventure, play, nature, science, art, & gardening! New adventures each week!
WHERE: Outdoors at two different locations! Duncan Farm, Gales Creek; and EdenAcres Forest School Campus, Hillsboro. Addresses for each site are listed below for each camp week.
WHO: Kids ages 3-14. Camps for kids of all ages! Small groups provide more opportunities for one-on-one learning moments! Max of 10 campers per 1 adult, led by an experienced nature educator. Children will always be accompanied by two or more adults.
WHEN: June 20-August 19, 2022, week-long camps. Half & full-day options for camps for 3-5 yr. olds. Full-day camps for kids 5-14 run from 9 am-3 pm. Flexible & free check-in from 8:30 - 9:00. Flexible & free pick-up from 3:00-3:30. Half-day camps pick-up from 12-12:30.