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"Eden Acres is an incredible program! Through their environmental education and deeply empathetic approach to teaching children, they have been so positively impactful for my special needs son.
They’ve helped him learn valuable wilderness skills, teamwork, and helped foster his skills with conflict resolution and the value of community.
The hard-working people at Eden Acres have changed my son’s life, and mine, for the better!

--Melanie

Forest & Farm School 
at Duncan Farm 

Farm School is a fully outdoor day camp program for anyone who is interested in giving their child a nature immersion experience that will build confidence and leadership, provoke a sense of awe and feelings of stewardship while having fun learning and exploring out of doors. At the heart and soul of Farm School is engagement with the natural world and reconnecting with our agricultural roots. With a seed to table approach, children will participate in the many parts of the cycle of growing, harvesting, and preparing food, as well as participate in the daily rhythms of caring for the animals who live on the farm. In addition to our wild animal friends, the farm is home to pigs, chickens, bunnies, cats, and a dog. Children will engage with farm life with activities such as threshing and winnowing beans, chopping up tomatoes for salsa, and processing apples for cider and sauce. 

Through engaging with farm life with hands-on projects, journaling, play, and exploration, children learn how to overcome adversity, work alongside others, and develop a deeper relationship with nature while developing an intimate relationship with where their food comes from. Our place-based curriculum integrates reading, writing, math, social studies, and the arts through hands-on projects, games, and activities. 

 

Registration is now open, see below for details. Enrollment is very limited! Please contact us if you have any questions, we love to hear from our community. 

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When:   

Fall and Spring Semesters   

Tuesdays and Thursdays 

9:00 am-3:00 pm 

Dates:  

Fall Semester: 9/13/21 - 1/28/22  

(16 weeks, Fall break November 22-26; Winter break December 13-December 31)

Spring Semester: 1/31/22 - 5/27/22 

(16 weeks, Spring break March 28-April 1)

Where:

54303 NW Old Wilson River Road, Gales Creek, OR 97117

 

How Much?

Fall Semester:

1 day/week for 16 week session- $1,200 

2 days/week for 16 week session - $2,400

Spring Semester:

1 day/week for 16 week session- $1,200 

2 days/week for 16 week session - $2,400

Discounts:

Sibling Discounts 2nd child 5% / 3rd child 10% 

5% for full-year enrollment & 50% deposit on tuition  

Scholarships:

Scholarships are available. Please complete the scholarship application here.

If you are able, please consider donating to the scholarship fund to help those in need to attend forest school!

 

Daily Rhythm**

8:30 - 8:55    Drop-off

9:00 - 9:15    Game/Movement Activity & Morning Circle

9:15 - 10:25   Nature-based Project/Ancestral Skills

10:30 - 11:00 Snack & Free Play

11:05 - 12:25  Exploration/Project 

12:30 - 1:25    Lunch & Free Play

1:30 -  2:45     Science-based inquiry/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. 

 

Our Staff

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 7 students with 1 teacher. 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 naturedays.edenacres@gmail.com

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