Ages 4-6

We offer school-year programs and summer camps for 4- to 6-year olds

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School Year Programs

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Wind Gatherers 
  • Meets on Fridays from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm throughout the school year.
  • 2016-17 Tuition is $1,950 for 33 weeks of class. Scholarship assistance is available.
  • We are FULL for 2016-2017!
  • Visit Days for 2017-2018 will be held in Winter 2017. Please check back for details.

Woodland Ways 

  • Just like our popular weekly Wind Gatherer program, meeting just once per month.
  • Meets on the 2nd Saturday, October-May, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • 2016-2017 Tuition is $500 for 8 sessions. Scholarship assistance is available.
  • Enrollment for 2016-2017 is open!  Only 2 spots left!

Our programs for 4-6 year olds are place-based, nature immersion programs that nourish a child’s deep relationship between the natural world, themselves, and each other. We offer young children a learning community that engages the whole child, body and mind. We nurture experiences of the body as the first natural habitat and as the ground for our nature awareness explorations which integrate sensation, feeling, action, inquiry, investigation, imagination and creative expression. In this way, children come to feel at home with their own inner nature and that of the earth. Our mentors celebrate each child’s unique gifts, foster their growing self-reliance, and cultivate community among these young earth stewards. Throughout the year, and flowing with the seasons, our curriculum offers explorations that are engaging, safe and fun:

  • nature walks and the art of wandering
  • safety in nature
  • sensory awareness
  • animal forms and tracking
  • plants and trees
  • birds and their sounds
  • seasonal rhythms
  • space, time, and the four directions
  • knowledge of place and local heritage/history
  • stories, song, movement, imaginative play, nature art
  • natural communities living in peace
What Our Day Looks Like

The Wind Gatherer and Woodland Ways programs maintain a low child:mentor ratio with one instructor per 6 children. We also may be accompanied by teen apprentices or parent volunteers. Our day begins with games in the meadow; a quiet activity is also available for children who prefer a gentle start to their day. Opening Circle follows and includes giving thanks, songs and movement. Storytelling and snack take place at our special fire circle in the woods. The group then sets off for an adventure to explore the woodland trails or beaches: guided wanderings, games, awareness skills, improvisational play, movement, songs, scavenger hunts, journaling, and more help us to explore the theme of the day. As Nature is our first teacher, our day can often unfold in many unforeseen ways! Lunch happens on the trail or back at our fire circle. We conclude our day with Story of the Day, an opportunity to reflect upon our day and share through words, songs, movement or funny skits.

Tuition Assistance

Vashon Wilderness Program offers tuition scholarships for our school-year programs. Learn more about our scholarship assistance.

In addition, your homeschooled child (age 5+) may be eligible to receive valuable tuition assistance that can be applied toward costs at Vashon Wilderness Program. More details. 

 

Summer Camp

Visit our Summer Camp page to see what we are offering this summer!

 

 

Thank you to Camp Sealth! Together we are getting more kids outside and connected with nature, community, and themselves!