The mission of Forest Floor is to connect people to Nature, Each Other, and Themselves
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Fall 2014 Homeschool Programs

  NEW LOCATION in Asheville!  
  Our Monday Red-tailed Hawk Program is moving to the Asheville School,
located just on the edge of West Asheville  

Happening Mondays and Fridays, these programs are an opportunity to immerse your child in a long-term deep nature-connection mentoring experience, and are the backbone of our current youth-oriented offerings.

 Follow this link or see below for all the details, to enroll your child,
 and to learn more about our curriculum and mentoring approach.


Mythic Journey of Mentoring

A Three-Weekend Series w/ Evan McGown

Are you a mentor?  What is a mentor?

     This series explores these questions and offers training in key mentoring tools to healthfully escort ourselves and others through the different phases of personal transformation. Through storytelling, discussion, exercises in nature and creative ritual, Evan McGown, co-author of Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature and founder of The Institute for Wild Intelligence, pulls together wisdom and "best practices" from many sources, both ancient and modern, from the intellectual understandings of psychology and indigenous elders to direct experiential learning involving body, mind, emotion and spirit.

For more information on this series click here.


Forest Floor is seeking New Locations

In our pursuit of fostering powerful, living connections between children and our planet - Forest Floor Wilderness Programs is searching for additional locations to hold our home-school and after-school programs, and reach more Asheville area families.

We are rapidly growing beyond the holding capacity of our current wonderful location, so:
If you might have, or know of, land in the greater Asheville area where 10 to 20 children could meet to explore, connect and celebrate our amazing Earth, once or twice a week...

Please let us know!

"When we are out in the yard, playing at the park or walking around in the woods, [our daughter] will point out plant species and tell me their names and uses.  Her confidence has increased, and she is learning the value of just being quiet sometimes- which I welcome." -Starr, parent
"I am impressed with the degree of knowledge [the instructors] possess and bring to the children's experience. Not only is their love of the outdoors evident, but they bring a thorough level of expertise in outdoor education."
"The instructors are AWESOME. They connect so well with the kids, and are always very upbeat, positive and supportive."
Fall 2014 Homeschool Programs:

  Registration is OPEN for all programs,
 with limited space available.  
To register your child, follow the link at the bottom
of each program description.

Red-tailed Hawk

Weekly Homeschool Program

Ages:  6-13

:  Mondays, 9:00am - 3:00pm

:  Oct. 6 - Dec.8 (10 sessions total)

:  Sliding Scale for the full season is $270 - $420
.  Monthly payment plan available.

Location:  205 acres of forested land on The Asheville School campus in W. Asheville.        -Here is a link to the Asheville School website
   -A link to a Google Map of the location

Registration:  To enroll your child in this program, fill-out the online form HERE.
NOTE:  This form is only for Red-tailed Hawk.  To register for a different program follow the link at the bottom of that program description.


River Otter

Weekly Homeschool Program

Ages:  6-13

Time:  Fridays, 9am - 3pm

Dates: Sept. 5 - Dec. 12, with a breaks on Sept. 26 and Nov. 28 (13 total sessions)

Price:  Sliding Scale for the full season is $360 - $550.  Monthly payment plan available.

Location:  Herb Mountain Farm, only 20 min. NE of Asheville, part of over 100 acres of forested conservation land in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley.  A Google Map with the option to get directions can be found here.

Registration:  To enroll your child in this program, fill-out the online form HERE.
NOTE:  This form is only for River Otter.  To register for a different program follow the link at the bottom of that program description.


For more traditional school schedules we offer:

 Grey Fox 

Monthly Saturday Program

Ages:  7-12

:  One Saturday a month, 9 am - 3 pm



:  TBA; we are scouting locations in the Asheville area and will announce our new location as soon as possible.

To get on the early registration waiting list for Grey Fox,
contact us at

Our Methods:

Forest Floor utilizes a distinctive and highly effective educational approach called Nature-Connection Mentoring, which uses children's inherent enthusiasm for the natural world as a context to actively engage them in the learning process.  Children are guided by the mentor towards the empowering experience of curiosity-driven discovery instead of simply being inundated with information.  This in turn sets the stage for them to be led by their own innate curiosity(and the gentle nudging of the mentor) to discover the natural world for themselves. 

Using the subtle Art of Questioning children are brought to the edge of their knowledge and awareness, then enticed by a further mystery to grow beyond that edge.  With the help of what we call Universal Child Passions, we create a learning environment that is motivated by the natural inclinations of the children themselves.  Combining a modern understanding of brain patterning and habit creation with these other more ancient methods of mentoring, the children find themselves immersed in an “invisible school” with the forest as their ”classroom”.  The goal of such mentoring is nothing short of helping each individual reach their full potential.

Core Curriculum:

Our core curriculum is informed and shaped using the 8 Shields Cultural-Mentoring Design model.  Based on the patterns and cycles of the natural world, this model accounts for the innate rhythms of individuals and their environment, providing a seemingly effortless but remarkably effective trajectory for learning.

Through games, stories and exploration children will learn:

  • Outdoor Safety and Awareness
  • Animal Tracking
  • Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants
  • Wilderness Survival Skills
  • Bird Language
  • Ancient Crafts
  • Ecology, Community, Self-Discovery
  • and much more

Follow these links to learn more about the 8 Shields Cultural Mentoring Model and the principles of Nature-Connection Mentoring.

Learn about the history of our school and the Nature Connection Movement here.

For more information about any of our programs
 and to register your child please contact:

Clint Corley

Photography by Megan Richardson 

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