Herons

Thursdays | 9:00 am to 3:30 pm | Ages 9-13 yrs

Herons engage with all aspects of the natural environment and build confidence and independence through a variety of inquiry-based activities. Children explore how different parts of nature work wearing different lenses every day to fulfill their curiosity and developing their own understanding. They guide themselves and their peers through a variety of activities to dig deeper into why the world is the way it is. There are plenty of opportunities to wander through our forests to adventure through and investigate different ecosystems.

Our focus is to impart hard skills like tracking, orienteering, fire building to learn self-sufficiency combined with soft skills like listening, and cooperation.  Children learn constantly through identifying flora and fauna, tracking, learning bird language developing critical thinking and inquisitive focus. Days are expected to be filled with stories, activities to probe, and games that teach. Children wander into the wilderness and learn to be independent by practicing survival skills.

Herons work on awakening sensory awareness, cultivating knowledge of the place, and restoring the bond between people and nature as they learn concepts of ecology, the interconnection between all life, and how to be the stewards of the land. The result is being truly aware, intuitive, and complete expression of the child.

“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.” – Stephen Moss