"EdenAcres is exactly what our family was looking for to supplement our homeschool curriculum. A chance to make and maintain friendships, gain independence, and be physically active while enjoying the outdoors in a safe, supportive environment. A big component of why we chose to homeschool is to make sure we foster a love of learning in our children, and to enable them to interact with the natural world with regularity, instead of spending most days indoors- Eden Acres provides that, and more. We feel so lucky to have this amazing resource close by, and greatly value the opportunities it brings to our children.”
Forest Leadership provides a space for young teens to learn leadership, teamwork, outdoor, and stewardship skills while forming strong bonds with the forest and the community. Through a seamless progression of teambuilding, mastering outdoor skills, and designing and completing a stewardship project, students will develop the skills to become young leaders. By integrating science, social studies, history, mathematics, art, and writing into place-based projects, Forest Leadership cultivates social, emotional, academic, and leadership skills. Students foster a deep connection with nature as they learn, play games, and work as a team outdoors on our forest campus.
Using our student-led educational philosophy, we encourage creative thinking rather than simply providing answers. Our goal is to help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency while fostering a lifelong love of learning and connection to people and place. We encourage students to identify their unique gifts and passions and explore them with confidence. In doing so, students develop the skills required to become capable, confident leaders who push their comfort edges and expand their skill sets. We build community focused on the joys and challenges of engaging in authentic relationships with each other and with the land that sustains us.
Fall and Spring Semesters
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Fall Semester (16 weeks): 9/12/22 - 1/27/23
First day of fall semester: Thursday, September 15
Thanksgiving Break: November 21 - 25
Winter Break: December 19 - January 6
Spring Semester (16 weeks): 1/30/23 - 5/26/23
First day of spring semester: Thursday, February 2
Spring Break: March 20 - 24
Last day of spring semester: May 26
Hillsboro Forest School Campus @ 16528 Johnson Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124 (use this link for forest school entrance)
Flexible payment plans are available! We also offer a range of discounts and scholarships. If you feel that cost is restrictive, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Ensuring equity in access to high-quality environmental education is one of our core values. Our scholarship program is a pillar of the program and we are proud to help families provide this experience for their children.
Thursdays, 16-week session- $1,500
Thursdays, 16-week session- $1,500
5% off for full-year enrollment & 50% deposit on tuition
$50 off for payments made via check
Equity in education is a core value of our organization and we are committed to welcoming families from all walks of life and all circumstances into our community. In order to ensure that our forest school is available to all families, we offer scholarships. Please complete the scholarship application here.
If you are able, please consider donating to the scholarship fund and help a fellow family!
8:30 - 9:00 Drop-off
9:00 - 9:30 Forest Exploration
9:30 - 10:00 Morning Circle/Stretching & Breathing
10:00 - 10:30 Teambuilding Activity
10:30 - 11:30 Morning Break
11:30 - 12:30 Outdoor Skills/Project/Exploration
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:45 Science-based Inquiry/Stewardship Project
2:45 - 3:00 Clean-up & Closing Circle
3:00 - 3:30 Pick-up
**The daily rhythm described above is an example of the flow of the day. Instructors practice emergent and child-centered learning, meaning that we adjust and modify with the changing needs and interests of the children while incorporating in whatever the forest or farm has to offer on that specific day.
Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including education and natural sciences. No matter their educational background, all are experienced and passionate about sharing nature with children. Instructors are certified in CPR/First Aid, epipen administration, and hold a state of Oregon food handling certifications. Staff ratios are no larger than 10 students with 1 teacher for ages 12-14. All adults in the program have passed full background checks.
For all youth nature immersion program questions please email our
Nature Immersion Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org