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summer 2023

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE!

wilderplay forest school classes
Take place outdoors in most weather

on campus @ West Shore Community College

spending an abundance of time in nature, we focus on each topic throgh a balance of structured and unstructured activity utilizing Wilderplay's 4E's: Engage, experience, explore, and extend

 

For children exiting k-4th

$20 per class - weekly enrollment

-REGISTRAION IS NOW CLOSED-

WEEK

ONE

JUNE

12,13,14,15

TREK

Let’s go!  We’ll discover what Forest School is all about, explore the beautiful grounds at WSCC, and learn about hiking, mapping, and safety on the trail.

9-noon

JUNE

19,20,21,22

BOOM

Hold on to your hats!  We’ll learn about wind, lightning, and thunder and practice what to do to stay safe when we run into summer storms while out in nature.

9-noon

WEEK

TWO

JUNE

26,27,28,29

We’ll kick off our summer-long project of raising Monarchs!  We'll search for eggs and caterpillars, log the butterflies we see, and observe the life cycle first hand.

9-noon

WEEK

three

flutter

At Forest School we take a closer look at the bees, beetles and other insects that might bug us.  We'll expand our focus a little more to discuss worms and spiders, too.

9-noon

WEEK

four

buzz

JUly

10,11,12,13

Join us as we get to know the flowers we see and the role they serve.  We'll notice which insects like which blooms.  Expect lots of daisy chains and bouquets this week!

9-noon

WEEK

five

bloom

JUly

17,18,19,20

This week we pay close attention to the trees we navigate past each week.  We'll notice several species and learn to identify them while collecting leaf & needle specimens.

9-noon

branch

WEEK

six

JUly

24,25,26,27

We're easily distracted.... by birds!  By this point in the summer we've already noticed lots of birds.  This week we'll zoom in and identify them by their color and call.

9-noon

soar

WEEK

seven

JUl/aug

31,1,2,3

When a tree falls in the woods, is it the end?  No way!  It's just the beginning of a special little nature neighborhood found under a rotting log.  Let's take a look!

9-noon

rot

WEEK

eight

aug

7,8,9,10

After several weeks in the woods, we know where to look for mushrooms!  We'll record our observations and do our best to identify the fabulous fungi we find.

9-noon

shroom

WEEK

nine

aug

14,15,16,17

The truth is, we're a bit noisy in the woods.  Animals tend to scoot away when they hear us coming.  But we'll try to sneak this week to peek at squirrels, deer, frogs, etc.

9-noon

scurry

WEEK

ten

aug

21,22,23,24

Who goes there?  We'll put some of what we've learned together to track animals by searching for habitats, prints, and scat.  We'll celebrate all the fun we've had together!

9-noon

track

aug

28,29,30,31

WEEK

eleven

2023 WILDERPLAY
FOREST SCHOOL CLASSES

ENROLLMENT POLICIES:
 

Oh, we will have a beautiful summer together!  Our focus is on building strong relationships with the children enrolled and managing risks in a nature setting to provide an enriching and safe experience.  A small program like ours requires the following policies to operate within our capacity and to keep tuition as low as possible.  Thank you!

 

Enrollment and Tuition: 

We offer weekly enrollment with no partial weeks.
Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance. 
No credits or refunds provided.


You may enroll in as many weeks as you'd like! 
Spots will fill; late enrollment is not guaranteed.

 
$80 (per child) nonrefundable deposit required
to confirm enrollment.
Deposit applies to the first week's tuition.

Remaining tuition is billed throughout the summer.  A signed waiver is required to participate.

 

Unfortunately, late payments can not be accommodated.
Unpaid tuition cancels your enrollment and the spot will be filled from our wait list.

 

Eligible Participants:

 

A child is ready to participate in
Wilderplay Forest School Classes when they are:

 

-Exiting Kindergarten through 4th grade in June 2023*
*children exiting preschool may be found eligible
on a case-by-case basis

-Ready to use the bathroom 100% independently (we are almost always outdoors and use a porta-potty often)

 

-Ready for outdoor adventures that bring exposure to heat, sun, rain, wind, and the flora and fauna we encounter, including insects

-Ready for outdoor adventures that include walking/hiking significant distances every day!

-Ready for a device-free day.  No electronics permitted.

 

-Ready to be safe in a unique environment where we balance open-endedness (we're wild and free!) with brief but very important moments of compliance when hazards do arise.  An ability and willingness to follow directions at all times for the safety of the group is required for attendance.

 

What Happens Next?

-You will receive an email with instructions to confirm eligibility and enrollment by signing up for our management app Procare Connect and submitting your deposit.  This app is where we manage it all including billing and payment, communication, emergency contact info, and attendance.

-Prior to each class you will receive a newsletter with our summer handbook including all the details around drop off/pick up, staff, gear, emergency plans, etc. so you and your child know what to expect as we go
 

ENROLLMENT REQUEST
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Choose your classes:

By submitting this request I agree to the Enrollment Policies and certify that all children included in this request are ready to participate

DONE.
Let the adventure begin!

Wilderplay Forest School is a program of the Childhood In Nature Foundation, LLC
offered in partnership with West Shore Community College

ENROLL

JUly

3,4,5,6

No Forest School this week.

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