We offer school-year programs and summer camps for 4- to 6-year olds
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:
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.
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.
Thank you to Camp Fire & Camp Sealth! Together we are getting more kids outside and connected with nature, community, and themselves!
Visit our Summer Camp page to see what we are offering this summer!