Monthly Science & Nature Programs
Thursdays & Fridays, Sept through June 2017 (Fall 2017 Monthly Science & Nature Programs at Seward Park will be changing to Thursdays)
Our experienced instructor Porcupine will guide kids on a wilderness adventure in observation and exploration of the natural world. Our goal is to give children a positive experience outside that they will remember for a lifetime. All of our programs employ a very effective educational technique called “Coyote Mentoring”. This progressive teaching style practices artful questioning, being present, encourages creativity, and fosters imagination. Our intellectual learning-journey will study the plants and animals of the Seward and Seahurst Parks where we'll learn naturalist skills such as journaling, plant and animal identification, and animal tracking.
Free-play and less competitive games is a great way for our group to have loads of fun together. Nature Connection and Awareness will be practiced fully but an equally important part will be respecting each other and creating a social atmosphere of respect and positive communication in our small community.
Each monthly program has a different science and a seasonal nature focus and instructors will meet the kids needs on their terms. Nature is always providing different mysteries, navigating educationally to an emerging subject that we will observe and explore.
The ages for monthly programs will be 5-12 years old. Parents and children younger than 5 years old are welcome to attend for free with an enrolled child over 5 years of age. The cost per child is $15. Programs last from 9:00am-12noon. No Dogs or strollers please.
Seward Park Fall 2017
10/5 -11/2- 12/7 all Thursday's 9am-12noon
Seahurst Park Fall 2017
10/20 -11/10 -12/08 all Friday's 9am-12noon
Unschooling Seattle & Our Emergent Curriculum Program
The emergent curriculum program is designed for those Seattle area homeschool and unschooled children that are ready to be present and aware in our environment. This is both a scientific and intuitive adventure in exploring the natural world and its mysteries as they pop up in our learning journey. Striking a balance between hands on science & not knowing the next mystery allows us to slow down enough to notice and study tracks and signs and even see elusive animals. One of our main focuses will be to interpret natural history and reflect upon our findings. Asking broad questions about ecology and nature for example, Why are all the trees deciduous? Which critters live here?
Outdoor Learning Day will be held at Seahurst Park on Wednesday's Sept 11-June 11th 2017-18
This outdoor learning day will be for children from the ages of 4 to 12 and last from 9:30am-2pm every Wednesday (with a few exceptions around the holidays) for the first session from September through December 2017. Then January-June for the second session. The cost of this program will be $290 per month (includes 4 Wednesday's per month) and parents will be expected to verbally commit to the full session one or two. SSNS will only take 6-8 kids so the instructor to student ratio will be very good.
Kamana Naturalist Training Program
Kamana Naturalist Training Program is a great way to start your homeschool learning journey. As a graduate of the Anake Program (a 9 month field-based immersion program for adults committed to deepening connections with nature, community, and self) and the Kamana Naturalist Training Program at the Wilderness Awareness School I can mentor you through this fantastic experience. Please contact me directly if you are interested in finding out more about Kamana. Highlights of your Kamana experience will include animal tracking, plant identification, and fine tuning your fire making skills.