The mission of Forest Floor is to connect people to Nature, Each Other, and Themselves
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Spring 2015 Programs

  Registration now OPEN,  
  with a NEW ages 4-6 program on Tuesdays


  4 Days a Week  
  3 Locations  
ages 4-13


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.





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New forest to explore in E. Asheville

We do our very best to be as accessible as possible to families while also introducing children to the wonders of Nature in a rich, wild, and ecologically diverse forest setting.  Which is why we are so excited to announce the addition of a NEW LOCATION in E. Asheville at Shope Creek.   This site boasts:

 - over 110 forested acres 
 - a creek and a pond 
 -adjacent to Pisgah National Forest  
 - only 20 minutes from downtown Asheville 

This will be the location of our new
ages 4-6 Tuesday Bobcats
 as well as our long-standing
Saturday Grey Fox program

Hurray for new adventures in a new forest!
Check it out:


"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."
-parent
"The instructors are AWESOME. They connect so well with the kids, and are always very upbeat, positive and supportive."
-parent
 
Spring 2015 Homeschool Programs:

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

Monday
Red-tailed Hawk

Weekly Homeschool Program

Ages:  6-13

Time
:  Mondays, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Dates
:  March 2 - June 8 (14 total sessions)

Price
:  Sliding Scale for the full season is $400 - $650
.  Monthly payment plan available.
(plus an additional $60 for optional overnight campout on May 30[ages 8 & up])

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.

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Tuesday
Bobcats
Weekly Program


Ages:  4-6

Time:  10:00am - 3:00pm

Dates:  March 31 - June 2 (10 total sessions)

Price:  Sliding Scale is $300 - $500.  Monthly payment plan available.

Location:  NEW SITE in E. Asheville at Shope Creek(at the end of Riceville Rd.)

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


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Friday
River Otter

Weekly Homeschool Program

Ages:  6-13

Time:  Fridays, 9am - 3pm

Dates: Feb. 27 - June. 5, with a break on April 24 (14 total sessions)

Price:  Sliding Scale for the full season is $400 - $650.  Monthly payment plan available.
(plus an additional $60 for optional overnight campout on May 30[ages 8 & up])

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.


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For more traditional school schedules we offer:

   
Grey Fox  

Twice-a-Month Saturday Program



Ages
:  7-13

Time
:  10 am - 4 pm

Dates
: March
 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16 [6 total sessions]
optional overnight campout on May 30


Price

$200 - $330 Sliding Scale for all 6 sessions
[plus an additional $60 for optional overnight campout on May 30(ages 8 & up)]

Location:  NEW SITE in E. Asheville at Shope Creek(at the end of Riceville Rd.)

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


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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
321-536-5615
wildmentor@gmail.com

Photography by Megan Richardson  www.greatsmokiesphotography.com 

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