2022-2023 School Year
Mondays, Wednesdays, OR Thursdays, 10:00-2:00
(one day per week, you choose which day works best for you).
September 7-May 25
With an emphasis on outdoor, imaginative play and exploration, students begin to show independence as Explorers. Students feel safe in their beautiful forest classroom and slowly adventure farther along the trail as the year progresses. Every class follows a predictable routine. We begin each day with a soft start, where students are welcome to come anytime between 10:00-10:30 for free play in our outdoor classroom space. We then gather together for opening circle with song, stories, and snack. We like to play nature-connection games, expanding our senses and awareness of nature all around us. Then we go on our themed adventure or investigation, exploring along our nature loop. As students hike uneven terrain, climb, and balance on stones, they develop gross motor skills. Lunch includes more free play in our classroom that includes a mud kitchen, giant weaving loom, slackline, obstacle course, and ever-changing loose parts. Students come back together for nature journaling time. We close each class with story and song around the fire circle. Our day ends with a soft close, and parents are welcome to pick up anytime between 1:30 and 2:00. This allows flexibility for students to be outdoors for the amount of time that works best for their personal development, between 3-4 hours.
Explorers Annual Tuition: $1490 per student
We don’t want tuition to feel out of reach for any family. Students have the option to utilize Home School Partnerships to fund DWS Courses. Discovery Wilderness School is partnered with Jenison, Niles, and Hamilton Home School Partnerships. In addition, DWS offers income-based tuition reduction, payment plans, early payment discounts, and volunteer opportunities for parents to make tuition more affordable. Our goal is to never turn away a family due to tuition cost. Make sure to reach out to create a customized plan that will work with your family's budget before registering. Reach out for more information.