Heartwood: Saplings

Ages 8-12

Heartwood is divided into three distinct groups:  the Acorns, Saplings, and Oaks.  The Saplings group is the next stage of progression from an Acorn to an Oak.  As your children grow and mature in their nature-connection journey the Saplings group will present them with a deepening inquiry and increased challenge(followed by the Oaks).


Dates:  Wednesdays, September 16 - December 13, with breaks on October 28 & November  25(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Secrets of the Jedi

Ages 8-11

Combining the physical skills of survival with the philosophy and wisdom of the mystics, students will learn to deepen their connection to the natural world and each other, ultimately gaining the ability to tap into "The Force" and sense the oneness of all things. This class is intended to build self confidence through age appropriate challenges as well as a feeling of community in the group.  Activities may include making fire-by-friction, carving, tracking, guided sense meditations, awareness games and the fabled Jedi Training Center.


Dates:  Thursdays, September 17 - December 14, with breaks on October 29 & November  26(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Thursday

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

A family is eligible for either: (1) a full refund if the cancellation occurs before the start of the program; or (2) a pro-rated refund for any unattended program days; under the following conditions:

  • Forest Floor cancels any programs due to COVID-19 or the Sars-Cov-2(novel coronavirus) pandemic.
  • A family needs to cancel because they are directly adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, or caring for sick family members).

AND in the event of cancellation (either on our part or yours)if you are in a position to donate your registration as a scholarship it would be a huge help to both Forest Floor and families in need.

Please note:  Refunds will not be given solely due to cancellations related to concerns about the potential of infection.  Our standard cancellation & refund policy will apply for all cancellations other than the two conditions listed above.  See our FAQ for details on our standard refund policy.

After Care

We are currently exploring a number of potential After Care possibilities.  If you are in need of After Care to make this program work for your family, or if you would simply be strongly interested, please send us a quick email at forestfloorwp@gmail.com letting us know and we will keep you posted on our progress.

Teen Adventures w/ Grant Adkisson

Ages 12-16

This class is about letting teens stretch their legs, really getting out there and discovering what nature has to offer.  Each week teens will hop in our passenger van and head out for a new adventure.  One day they may find themselves enjoying the amazing views of Black Balsam as they harvest wild edibles.  The next week they're knee deep in the waters of the Big Ivy River, fishing for trout.  Whatever the adventure, you can be sure it will be epic.  This program is led by Grant Adkisson.


Dates:  Thursdays, September 17 - December 14, with breaks on October 29 & November  26(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)
    • NOTE:  This programs will occur in a variety of places throughout the region, with drop-off & pick-up happening only at Haw Creek Commons.

Price:   $635

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Scholarship Information


We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.

 

Donate to our Scholarship Fund

If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund.   Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process.  For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.


Apply for a Scholarship

Limited partial scholarships are available.  Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution.  Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.

To apply for a scholarship please follow the link below to fill out the application:



Heartwood: Acorns

Ages 5-7

Heartwood is divided into three distinct groups:  the Acorns, Saplings, and Oaks.  The Acorns group is the perfect place for your child to begin their nature-connection journey.  This introductory period is a rich and sweet time of learning and growth, lasting several years and laying the foundations for greater challenges to come(in the Saplings, then Oaks, and beyond).


Dates:  Wednesdays, September 16 - December 13, with breaks on October 28 & November  25(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

​Our COVID-19 safety policy is based primarily on pre-screening and monitoring.  It is our current position that the single largest preventative factor at our programs is the fact that we are open-air and outdoors(with the exception of van travel).


Pre-Screening and Monitoring

  • We will take every child’s temperature each morning upon arrival. If any child registers a fever (thermometer reading of 100.4˚F or higher) or are showing any signs of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) we will not allow them to attend. If during the program day a child displays signs or symptoms of illness they will be separated from other students and parents contacted to pick them up.
  • All staff will be self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.  If they develop symptoms, they will notify their supervisor and stay home.  Any staff person who develops symptoms of illness during the work day will be separated from students and other staff and sent home ASAP.  


Masks:

  • While on Haw Creek Commons property(NOT our forested Shope Creek program location), everyone ages 3 and up are required to wear a mask anytime they are less than 6 feet from another person.
  • While in vans all students and staff are required to wear masks for the duration of the trip.
  • Per the North Carolina Govern's Executive Order 147 all adults and children ages 11 and up are required to wear a mask anytime they are less than 6 feet from another person. Children ages 10 and under are exempt from this rule, as well as anyone during strenuous exercise or while eating or drinking.
  • Children 10 and under will not be required to wear masks, but will be fully supported if they choose to do so.


Cleanliness:

  • Children will wash or sanitize hands each day immediately upon arrival and throughout the day.
  • Children are asked to carry a personal supply of hand sanitizer and will be asked to use it before and after activities that could result in cross-contamination.


We will do our best to fully support any child who self-selects for more restrictive social distancing than the policies outlined above.

Woodland Warriors:

Nature Parkour, Martial Arts, & Gymnastics

Ages 8-12


Run, jump, swing, and glide through the forest with Ninjaville owner/trainer Kermit Belton & Forest Floor founder/director Clint Corley.  This physically challenging class combines parkour, martial arts, and gymnastics to train students how to move more gracefully through the forest.   Students will sweat and grow strong as they connect more deeply with the wilderness and become Woodland Warriors!

ONLY 5 WEEKS beginning September 25

Dates:  Fridays, September 17 - December 14, with breaks on October 29 & November  26(12 days total)

IMPORTANT: This program ONLY has Shope Creek as the Drop-off & Pick-up option [NO Haw Creek Commons drop-off & pick-up]

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Price:   $245
  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Clothing and Gear

Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed.  Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather.  Families new to Forest Floor may need to purchase additional gear to ensure their children will be fully equipped for wet and colder weather as the season progresses.  For a full packing and clothing list see our FAQ.

Blacksmithing

Ages 12-16


Learn the art of creating useful tools by heating metal in the forge and shaping it on the anvil.  Many techniques will be explored, and students will come home with beautiful and useful hand-made items.

Led by professional blacksmith & nature-connection mentor Grant Adkisson​.


Dates:  Tuesdays, September 15 - December 12, with breaks on October 27 & November  24(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)
    • NOTE:  This programs occurs at Haw Creek Commons, thus Shope Creek drop-off & pick-up is not available.

Price:   $695

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

All programs take place at Shope Creek Wilderness, with the exception of Blacksmithing(Haw Creek Commons) and Teen Adventures(various locations w/van transport).

For all programs occurring at Shope Creek Wilderness we offer two drop-off/pick-up options:

  • Shope Creek:  drop-off & pick-up directly at the program location
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient In-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Tuesday

Friday

Jr. Naturalist

Ages 8-11

Break out the field guides and drink in the scientific knowledge of nature.  By learning first-hand the amazing facts of the natural world, students will be inspired to continuing adding to humanities collective understanding of the diversity of life we share this planet with.  Curriculum includes Botany, Ecology, Zoology, and Biology, with time spent doing hands-on observation of plants and animals as well as studying field guides and other reference material.


Dates:  Tuesdays, September 15 - December 12, with breaks on October 27 & November  24(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Who We Are & What We Do

At Forest Floor we are “Connection Specialists”,  and at our weekly homeschool programs we excel at sharing that with our students. Through careful mentoring we connect your child to the natural world, to other local nature-loving children, and to their own innate genius.

Connection to Nature:
The plants and animals of our bio-region are our often unacknowledged neighbors, and at Forest Floor we introduce our students to their neighborhood and help them make friends.  Over the course of a given season of our homeschool programs children learn the names, uses for, and characteristics of a wide variety of edible and medicinal wild plants.  Through careful observation of tracks and sign, they discover the behavior and habits of elusive animals(such as Red Fox, White-tailed Deer, and Otter) living literally in their backyard.  With each mindfulness-oriented Nature Sit Spot, they tune-in to the sounds, smells, and rhythms of the forest, ultimately becoming just as comfortable outdoors as they are in their living room.


Connection to Others:
For many of the children in our homeschool programs, their best friend is somebody they met out in the forest with us. Our mentors are skilled at group facilitation and provide ample opportunity for children to really get to know each other and shine in a supportive social environment.  Our daily activities encourage children to listen intently to each other, share, and cooperate.  Working together, students daily complete a variety of compelling challenges such as building a fire, gathering wild edibles for a salad, or creating a weather-proof survival shelter.


Connection to Self:
Who are you deep down? What are you curious about?  What do you care about?  How can we encourage you to share this with us and the world?  These are the questions our mentors are asking about each child that joins us in the forest.  Children come alive in the natural world, and through carefully crafted activities and the subtle application of the Art of Questioning, we draw out the best in them and then celebrate it.  Children regularly return home red-cheeked, a hint of wood smoke on their clothes, and glowing with joy from their days wild adventures.

Wednesday:  Heartwood

Heartwood is the core of our nature-connection curriculum, the trunk from which our other programs branch out.   Heartwood has been carefully crafted since 2011 to provide a progressive learning journey and comprehensive foundation in deeply relating to the natural world.  Through games, stories and exploration children 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

Ancient Stones & Dinosaur Bones

Ages 5-7


Aspiring archeologists will study the ancient history of our bio-region by understanding what an artifact is and finding them in the forest.  Young paleontologists will learn about one new dinosaur a week through journaling and drawing.  Students will receive a hands-on introduction to geology through pottery, flint knapping, and rock ID.  Learn about cave painting by making your own red and yellow ochre by grinding local paint rocks.​


Dates:  Tuesdays, September 15 - December 15, with breaks on October 27 & November  24(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020, and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

scroll down for individual program details, 

and further down for COVID-19 policies & scholarships 

Heartwood: Oaks

Ages 10-14*

Heartwood is divided into three distinct groups:  the Acorns, Saplings, and Oaks.  The Oaks group is designed to provide an opportunity for long-time students to continue challenging themselves in a group of peers who share their level of ability and passion for learning.

*​The Oaks is an INVITATION ONLY group designed specifically for long-time students ready for a greater level of challenge.  For more information on the Oaks group, CLICK HERE.


Dates:  Wednesdays, September 16 - December 13, with breaks on October 28 & November  25(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $635

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

Fiber Arts Crafting

Ages 5-7


Children will learn to use a variety of natural plant and animal fibers to create beautiful and useful crafts.  Projects will be determined by the interests of the group, but may include:

  • Needle felting & wet felting wool 
  • Using natural dyes to color our projects
  • Making natural rope w/ hand harvested plant fibers, then using those fibers to make necklaces and nets.
  • Sewing wool pouches and decorating them with needle felting
  • Weaving a big mat with cattails or other materials

When not actively crafting, students will take a break to play in the creek, sing a song together, play a variety of nature games, explore the forest, or go on an adventure to harvest materials for their next project.

Dates:  Thursdays, September 17 - December 14, with breaks on October 29 & November  26(12 days total)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times:

  • Shope Creek:  Directly at the program location(no van transportation)
    • ​Drop-off between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
    • Pick-up between 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Address:  472 Shope Creek Rd. (map)
  • Haw Creek Commons:  Convenient in-town location, w/ transport to and from Shope Creek
    • ​Drop-off between 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    • Pick-up between 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.​
    • Address:  315 Old Haw Creek Rd. (map)

Price:   $595

  • Monthly payment plans available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration(included in total tuition, not in addition to)
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available(more info at bottom of page)

​Registration OPEN for Fall 2020 and be sure to get on the WAITLIST if it's full, as space will very likely open up.

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