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"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.”

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Sandra

FOREST KEEPERS
Middle School Nature Immersion for ages 12-14

The Forest Keepers Middle School program offers a unique community for young teens of all abilities to learn and grow through relationship with nature and each other. Our Forest Campus provides the ideal environment for exploring nature, stewardship and for mastering outdoors skills. We encourage students to become leaders by integrating team building and problem-solving skills with the forest and the diverse community around them.

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.

The Forest Keepers Middle School program:

  • cultivates the whole person, integrating social, emotional, academic, and leadership skills with outdoor play

  • encourages creative thinking, drawing on student input to come up with answers and solutions 

  • facilitates the development of problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency

  • fosters a deep connection with nature as students learn, play games, and explore the outdoors

  • teaches through outdoor place-based project learning

  • integrates elements of science, social studies, history, mathematics, art, and writing into experiential learning

  • adapts learning to support individual academic capabilities 

  • supports students develop and implement an annual stewardship project

 

Forest Keepers fosters a lifelong love of learning and love of nature. We build community focused on the joys and challenges of engaging in authentic relationships with each other and with the land that sustains us. 


We would love to meet your Middle School student and explore the forest together. 
 

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When:   

Fall and Spring Semesters   

Thursdays

9:00 am-3:00 pm 

Dates:  

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
 

Where:

Hillsboro Forest School Campus @ 16528 Johnson Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124 (use this link for forest school entrance)

How Much?

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. 

Fall Semester:

Thursdays, 16-week session- $1,500 

Spring Semester:

Thursdays, 16-week session- $1,500 

Discounts:

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

Tuition paid in full in June 2022, for a 5% discount

Tuition paid in full in August 2022, for a 2% discount

$50 off for payments made via check

Scholarships:

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! 

 

Daily Rhythm**

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. 

 

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 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 naturedays.edenacres@gmail.com

 

 

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