Nature is the perfect classroom. Discovery Wilderness School offers a Nature Connection Program for students ages 2-18. Our curriculum focuses on discovery-based learning using the natural world as a catalyst for growth and development. As children spend time outdoors, they grow in understanding and connection to the earth, developing a sense of pride and protection for it.
Courses for the 2022-2023 School Year will again take place at Little Pine Island Camp in Comstock Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays from September to June. Over the winter months, the Juniors courses do not meet. We shorten courses for older students to two hours, every other week to allow for extreme weather make up days. See the calendar for more details.
Classes will encourage students to connect within themselves and to the earth, their peers and their parent. Students will have time for exploration, social interaction, and creative/imaginative play with a themed nature study each week. Come explore with us!
As students hike uneven terrain, climb, and balance on stones, they develop gross motor skills. Imaginations blossom through forest play, and nature connection games expand our senses. Students create useful objects from natural materials, and work together to solve real-world problems.
Nature Adventures (ages 8-10)
Students will learn to observe the natural world with all of their senses, developing a deep connection to the earth and their peers in our outdoor classroom. Sharing discoveries and learning from one another develops our sense of community. Come adventure with us!
Nature Connection (ages 11-15)
Students will learn to observe the natural world with all of their senses, developing a deep connection to the earth and their peers in our outdoor classroom. They will use scientific tools to investigate, learning through the process of discovery.
Nature Mentorship (ages 13-18)
Is your teen looking for some adventure? Rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, zip lining, archery. Wilderness survival skills- shelter-building, fishing, wood carving, fire-building, animal tracking, identifying wild edibles. Leadership- guiding younger students to connect with the natural world.
Student ages are based on their age as of September 1, 2022.