Forest School, all outdoors homeschool enrichment Jacksonville Florida

Our nature immersion program is rooted in the Forest School traditions of North Europe with a focus on experiential learning that will help build students' reverence for the natural world and create future stewards of the earth. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, our foresters will become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their teachers and classmates, and the community. 

Our weekly class will take place in local forested parks and will be led by trained and experienced outdoor educators, whose bios you can read on the Meet Our Teachers page.

 

The Jacksonville area has many parks available to explore such as unspoiled Florida scrub hammock, forest, wetlands, marshes, dunes, and beach to foster nature education and connection. The long-term benefits of learning outside in nature are well researched and documented and are the perfect complement to any homeschool program.

 

During our time in the forest, exploration of the natural world around us will be the basis for our curriculum.  The students will learn through direct discovery in firsthand experiences that engage the five senses. Observing, collecting and categorizing natural objects, and other hands-on activities, will help acquaint students with the natural world in general – and with our local landscapes in particular.  We will study Physical Geography such as weather and seasons, plant and animal identification, eco-studies, trail reading and etiquette, and navigation.

Our foresters will follow a predictable rhythm which will include circle time, nature hike/exploration, silent snack time to foster quiet observation, nature journaling with study observations, outdoor artistic or skill work activity, lunch and nature-infused story time.

Spring River

Forest School

Forest School Homeschool Enrichment

8:45 - 9:30

 

9:30-10:45 

 

10:45-11:00  

11:00-12:00

 

 

 

12:00-12:30

 

12:30-1:00 

Gather and Morning Circle

Hike & Explore (including snack)

Return to pick up location

Nature Journaling, study observations, or craft and skill work

 

Lunch

Nature Story/Close

Forest Rhythm

                  FAQ's:

  • Forest School is a homeschool enrichment class for grades K-5 that meets on Thursdays in school year 2021-22.

  • The Class hours are 8:45 am - 1 pm

  • Tutition/Fees:

    • Annual Commitment is $1,140 for 36 weeks, which includes craft supplies and nature journal.  

    • Cost per 1st semester $600/17 weeks

    • 2nd semester $670/19 weeks

  • Class limit 12 with a lead and assistant teacher

  • The group will be visiting a minimum of one park each session period.

  • Children should bring their own water bottle, backpack, sir spot blanket, hat, snack and lunch.

  • Any child attending will need to be mature enough to carry their own backpack and belongings

  • Any child attending will need to be mature enough to stay with the group and listen to the teacher.

Outdoor education homeschool enrichment Jacksonville, Florida

The Spring River Community has a long and rich history of supporting outdoor education.
 
Our Forest School mission is to instill in our students a love and reverence of our local parks and natural wonders. After all, our children are the future stewards of this beautiful earth.

Nature Immersion
Forest Kindergarten Jacksonville Florida