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"Eden Acres is hands-down my son's all-time favorite homeschooling activity. Every day he asks if it's an “Eden Acres” day, (he attends twice per week) and eagerly counts down the days until he can return. Fallon (aka “Falcon”) Harris is the director, whose mission is to provide a unique full-day multi-age environmental education program specifically for homeschoolers. 


Fallon, along with her competent staff, facilitate fort and wigwam building, fire-making, plant identification, knife-safety and whittling skills, bow and arrow making, and nature journal observations, among other activities. They learn community-building through group games and discussions, that extend even to economic models put into practice through the exchange of wood-chip “currency” for the acquisition of bows, arrows or wood for building, and even property and land management for future fort construction.

My son has ample opportunity to apply his engineering and math spatial skills to design and execute the building of multi-story forts and climbable structures. He is always eager to start his day and comes home proud of his accomplishments. This program is great for boosting self-confidence and competence.

His only complaint is that he cannot attend Eden Acres every day of the year."

- Lara & Zeke

FOREST SCHOOL

Our programs are open to all who are 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 our programs is engagement with the natural world. Through hands-on projects, journaling, play, and exploration children learn how to overcome adversity, work alongside others, and develop a deeper relationship with nature. Each day children will move between instructor-directed activities and self-directed play, both of which play important roles in the holistic development of a child’s hands, heart, and mind.

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When:   

Fall and Spring Semesters   

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

8:45 am-3:15 pm 

Dates:  

Fall Semester: 9/13/20 - 1/28/22  

(16 weeks, Fall break November 22-26; Winter break December 13-January 3)

Spring Semester: 1/31/22 - 5/27/22 

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

Where:

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

How Much?

Fall Semester:

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

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

3 days/week for 16 week session - $3,600

Spring Semester:

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

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

3 days/week for 16 week session - $3,600

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**

8:45    Drop-off

8:50    Game/Movement Activity & Morning Circle

9:00    Nature-based Project/Ancestral Skills

10:30   Snack & Free Play

11:00   Exploration/Project 

12:30   Lunch & Free Play

1:30     Science-based inquiry/Project  

3:00    Clean-up & Closing Circle

3:15     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 for ages 6-11 and 10:1 for students ages 12-14. All adults in the program have passed full background checks.

 

 

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