Homeschool Nature Program for Youth
Twin Eagles Community School for kids ages 6 - 13
Weekly in Sandpoint, Idaho and Biweekly in Spokane, Washington
Twin Eagles Community School, our weekly (Sandpoint) or biweekly (Spokane) homeschool nature program, is a nature based outdoor program for homeschooled youth ages 6 - 13 that runs in two seasonal blocks Autumn and Spring. Children spend one day a week (Sandpoint) or one day every two weeks (Spokane) 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.
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 Sandpoint, our weekly homeschool nature program, is held at Camp Stidwell - located about 20 minutes south of Sandpoint, Idaho. This is a beautiful location on Mirror Lake in Sagle, Idaho. Camp Stidwell is a private camp owned and operated by Sandpoint Kiwanis. We are blessed with access to over 160 acres that includes lake frontage, mature diverse forests, meadows, as well as access to Mirror Creek. Other facilities include a large outdoor pavilion, outhouses, and a well-stocked first aid station.
Twin Eagles Community School Spokane, our biweekly (one session every two weeks) homeschool nature program, is held at Spokane House Interpretive Center / Nine Mile Day Use Area - located about 20 minutes north of Spokane, Washington. This is a a beautiful piece of land located along the Spokane River, part of Riverside State Park. We are blessed with access to over a mile of river frontage, mature ponderosa pine forests, big meadows, as well as the incredibly diverse confluence of the Little Spokane River with the Spokane River. This is the site of the historic Spokane House, which was originally a fur trading post in the 1800's and now is a remarkable natural history museum. We'll have a well-stocked First Aid Station and outhouses at our location as well.
At both of our homeschool nature programs, we are committed to a high mentor to student ratio of at least one-to-six to ensure a high quality program. We enroll students ages 6 - 13. Maximum enrollment is 25 students at each program. There are ample opportunities for kids to work one-on-one with mentors.
COVID-19 and Cancellation Policy
Updated February 9, 2021
Our 2021 programs are happening!
We've learned a LOT from running our summer camps and autumn programs amidst the pandemic, and are continually monitoring the coronavirus pandemic situation as it evolves. We are currently planning on running these programs in their entirety. If your program is canceled due to coronavirus, you will receive a 100% full refund, no questions asked. For any other refund-related questions, please see our Payment Agreement & Cancellation/Transfer Policy inside the application process.
Twin Eagles Community School Sandpoint (weekly)
Our Sandpoint homeschool nature program sessions run one day per week on Wednesdays from 9 am - 3 pm
Sandpoint Autumn Block 2020 Dates (8 Sessions)
- Wednesday, September 30
- Wednesday, October 7
- Wednesday, October 14
- Wednesday, October 21
- Wednesday, October 28
- Wednesday, November 4
- Wednesday, November 11
- Wednesday, November 18
Sandpoint Spring Block 2021 Dates (8 Sessions)
- Wednesday, March 24
- Wednesday, March 31
- Wednesday, April 14
- Wednesday, April 21
- Wednesday, April 28
- Wednesday, May 12
- Wednesday, May 19
- Wednesday, May 26
Twin Eagles Community School Spokane (biweekly)
Our Spokane homeschool nature program sessions run one day every two weeks on Tuesdays from 9 am - 3 pm
Spokane Autumn Block 2020 Dates (5 Sessions)
- Tuesday, September 29
- Tuesday, October 13
- Tuesday, November 3
- Tuesday, November 17
- Tuesday, December 1
Sandpoint Autumn Block (8 weekly sessions) · $475 · scholarships available
- 50% due upon registration ($50 of which is non-refundable), with remaining 50% due October 15.
Sandpoint Spring Block (8 weekly sessions) · $475 · scholarships available
- 50% due upon registration ($50 of which is non-refundable), with remaining 50% due April 8.
Spokane Autumn Block (5 weekly sessions) · $295 · scholarships available
- 50% due upon registration ($50 of which is non-refundable), with remaining 50% due September 15.
Tammy Martinsen, parent
Registration is currently open for Twin Eagles Community School Sandpoint & Spokane 2020-2021.
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.
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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