(828) 338-9787



(828) 338-9787

Reaching Nature Connection

East Coast Outdoor Conference for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Mentors

  • March 11 & 12, 2017

Spring 2017 Youth Programs

Registration is OPEN!

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • 3 different locations in the Asheville area

Wild Leaders Adult Immersion

30 weeks of Deep Nature-Connection, Cultural Mentoring, and Leadership Training

  • ​Begins in September 2017

Forest Floor Wilderness Programs​

​​​The mission of Forest Floor is to connect people to Nature, Each Other, and Themselves​

"The instructors are AWESOME. They connect so well with the kids, and are always very upbeat, positive and supportive."​

"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."​

Twice-a-Month Saturday & Weekend programs:

Grey Fox (ages 6-13) & Red Wolf Teen Leaders (ages 12-17)

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
 please contact us:

(828) 338-9787

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 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

"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

Spring 2017 Homeschool Programs:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

New forest to explore in Candler

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 Candler at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary.  For more information about Sacred Mountain Sanctuary and the other programs they offer, follow the link below:

Spring 2017 Programs

Registration is OPEN!

5 Days a Week
3 Locations  
ages 5-13

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.

Announcements and Updates: