14 weeks | Ages 2-14 | 9am – 3pm

Spring session begins February 28th | Apply by Feb 1st

Early drop off and extended day are available Tuesdays through Thursdays and meet at the Teaching Grove.

We’ll play games, relax by the fire or wood stove and have access to the White Ash Library.

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Just a few of the benefits of a self-directed, nature-based learning environment:

• Whole child development
• Increased fine and gross motor skills
• Increased language and communication skills
• Integrative approach to incorporating academic subjects
• Self-directed: based on participant interests and observations
• Practice regulating one’s own behavior
• Increase competence in social interactions and collaborative skills
• Development of problem solving skills and independent thinking
• Curriculum is not pre-scripted but instead inspired through nature-based play and skill building
• Deepening relationship with the more than human world

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Notes from the Field

Introduction to Self Directed Education
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Intro to SDE Self-Directed Education (SDE), Natural Learning (NL) and Unschooling Written by Je’anna Clements, pro-bono for the Pestalozzi trust Self-Directed Education, also called Natural Learning, and Unschooling, is fast growing in popularity around the... Read More

Stealth Games and Birdsong
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Underwater clouds erupting from sticky brown mud. Kids everywhere in the shallow pools, toes warmed by mud that squishes between them. Fish, tan-colored, each with a distinct thin black line from gills to tail down... Read More

Sliding Scale Tuition

The sliding scale tuition model is a type of fee structure that accounts for variability in assets, income, and expenses as an attempt to increase accessibility for people with less financial and/or class privilege.

We offer two tiers of subsidized rates for those who cannot afford the break-even cost of programs. This model allows self selection of registration cost, please pay the actual cost of attendance (Supporter rate) if you do not experience difficulty meeting your family's basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation.

We highly recommend reading more about Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice.

If neither subsidized rate is accessible for your family, please contact us and let us know what your needs are. We are committed to making programs accessible to anyone who is interested and are pursuing fundraising options to increase our capacity to reach this goal.

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Payment Plans

If you would like to set up a weekly or monthly automatic payment you can make a deposit on this page with the card you'd like to use and email us the amount and frequency for payments.

14 Week Spring Session

Supporter Subsidized Scholarship
Actual cost — My family’s basic needs are met. I occasionally have difficulty meeting my family’s basic needs. Meeting my family’s basic needs is an ongoing challenge.
One day $695 $595 $495
Two days $1390 $1190 $990
Three days $2085 $1785 $1485
Four days $2780 $2380 $1980


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