Weekly Homeschool Nature Program for Youth
Twin Eagles Community School for kids ages 6 - 13
Twin Eagles Community School, our weekly homeschool nature program, is a nature based outdoor program for homeschooled youth ages 6 - 13 that runs in three seasonal blocks Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Children spend one day a week outside with our instructors deepening connections with nature, community, family, and self. A deep and intimate relationship with the natural world is fostered through activities such as making fire by friction, storytelling, games, animal tracking, learning wild edible plants, animal forms, sensory awareness, and more.
We work with the whole family in mentoring children, hence we offer seasonal family/community sessions throughout the year. The unique and innovative approaches we work with at our homeschool nature program blend ancient, native models of education used by our ancestors for thousands of generations with contemporary learning styles backed by modern day brain research - this is Nature Based Mentoring.
- Jennifer Ott
Twin Eagles Community School, our homeschool nature program, is held at Cedar Springs - located about 20 minutes north of Sandpoint, Idaho. We are blessed with immediate access to 50 acres of diverse forest, fields and wetlands, as well as being just minutes away from thousands of acres of state land and millions of acres of national forest! We occasionally make field trips to special natural areas in our local bioregion.
At our homeschool nature program, we are committed to a high mentor to student ratio of at least one-to-five to ensure a high quality program. We enroll students ages 6 - 13. Maximum program enrollment is 25 students. There are ample opportunities for kids to work one-on-one with mentors.
Our homeschool nature program sessions run one day per week from 9 am - 3 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Autumn Block 2016 Dates (7 Sessions)
- Tuesday, October 11
- Sunday, October 16 (Fall Harvest 10am - 4pm)
- Tuesday, October 18
- Tuesday, October 25
- Tuesday, November 1
- Tuesday, November 8
- Tuesday, November 15
Winter Block 2017 Dates (9 Sessions)
- Tuesday, January 17
- Tuesday, January 24
- Tuesday, January 31
- Tuesday, February 7
- Tuesday, February 14
- Tuesday, February 21
- Tuesday, February 28
- Tuesday, March 7
- Tuesday, March 14
Spring Block 2017 Dates (5 Sessions)
- Tuesday, April 11
- Tuesday, April 18
- Tuesday, April 25
- Tuesday, May 2
- Tuesday, May 9
Autumn Block 2016 (7 sessions) · $375 · scholarships available
- 50% deposit due by October 1, with remaining 50% due November 1.
Winter Block 2017 (9 sessions) · $475 · scholarships available
- 50% deposit due by January 1, with remaining 50% due February 1.
Spring Block 2017 (5 sessions) · $275 · scholarships available
- 50% deposit due by April 1, with remaining 50% due May 1.
SAVE 10% by enrolling in all three seasonal blocks!
Tammy Martinsen, parent
Registration is currently open for Twin Eagles Community School 2016-2017.
Complete an online application and pay by credit card by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.
Scholarships are available for this program - click here for more information.
If you prefer to pay by check, click here to download an application packet (pdf) and apply by US Mail.
Questions? Contact us here.
Please Note: Our programs often fill to capacity with waiting lists, sometimes quickly. Your child's space in this program is not reserved until we have received both a completed application and a deposit, and you have heard from us that they have been accepted and registered. Thank you!
- From Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods
Nature Based Mentoring
At our homeschool nature program, our mentoring philosophy is grounded in the fact that human beings are multi-faceted and that personal growth and discovery is revealed gradually. For this reason we are committed to long-term mentoring relationships with whole families that support each student to unfold their natural gifts and potential over time.
Our homeschool nature program provides experiences for children to deeply immerse their senses in the landscapes of nature and give them adventure challenges that are fun, test their strengths and intimately connect them to the land and themselves. By taking this journey, children learn to be comfortable and confident outdoors, and a solid foundation of a love for our Earth is laid.
We inspire children to grow as life long learners by nurturing their natural curiosity for the world around them. We help them form these curiosities into a cohesive and intense passion for learning. Thus, children grow into themselves holistically and are set forth on a path to discover their own unique gifts that they will one day share with the world.
Ultimately, students learn to ask questions for themselves and seek answers in their world; the simple truth that all things are teachers is revealed.
Our homeschool nature program curriculum is a three-part balance:
Teachings of the Earth - Naturalist skills, wild edible and medicinal plants, building shelters, firemaking, outdoor cooking, native crafts, and more.
Teachings of Family and Community - Storytelling, music, movement, humor, thankfulness, communication skills, group adventures, respect for all things, and more.
Teachings of Awareness - The five senses, tracking, lost-proofing, self awareness, journaling, native scout skills, bird language, ceremonies, and more.
Why is this important?
We recognize that today's youth will be the true leaders of our future. We believe that through engaging the imagination and senses, nurturing their love for the earth, helping them develop their own unique gifts, being committed to passion-based learning and long-term mentoring, and helping children develop the fiber for adapting to natural challenge and change with resiliency, we hope to foster a larger community of naturalists, life-long learners and caretakers of our earth for the future generations. We invite you to come be a part of this exciting endeavor!
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