Mountain Dwellers: Wild Living Skills

Group of kids walking into the woods at the start of a day of camp

Mountain Dwellers: Wild Living Skills

Old-time mountain camping is a skill nearly lost in our modern world, but in this class we’re bringin’ it back! Students will journey into the forest to find, build, and inhabit their own deep-woods campsite.

They’ll learn what goes into finding just the right spot, how to set up a fire ring, and designing quality rustic seating. By choosing the right gear for cold & rainy conditions, packing a bag for a long hike, and setting up a tent students will grow their capacity to thrive outdoors. Discover how to find a wild spring and assess the safety of drinking water.

In addition to the practical skills of camping, we’ll also explore the history of camping as a result of increased urbanization in the 20th century. Students will hear stories of why people in the past would “camp” around the world, such as cowboy camps in the 19th century and nomadic hunter gatherer societies. Come take a step back in time and learn the art of the Mountain Dwellers.

Ages: 8-12

Time: 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Inclusive of drop-off & pick-up window

Dates: Thursdays, March 4 - May 27
Break on April 22, 12 sessions

For Drop-off & Pick-up and other logistics info, see below.

Price: $595

  • Monthly payment plan available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)

Registration

Registration is now open. Programs can fill fast.

Why Choose Forest Floor?

We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.

 

  • Health benefits of nature connection
  • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
  • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
  • Unforgettable adventures every day
  • Skilled and caring mentors
  • Exciting wilderness experiences
  • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
  • Boost long term cognitive & social development
Nature connection mentors teaching homeschool students by the creek

Logistics 

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

All programs take place at Shope Creek Wilderness, with the exception of Blacksmithing and Teen Adventures which are based at Haw Creek Commons.

For programs occurring at Shope Creek Wilderness, parents may drop off at the program location or at Haw Creek Commons for van transportation.

Shope Creek Wilderness
472 Shope Creek Road, Asheville, NC
Drop-off between 9:45 am - 10:00 am
Pick-up between 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Haw Creek Commons
315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville NC
Drop-off between 9:30 am - 9:45 am
Pick-up between 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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.

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.

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: 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.

Scholarship Information

Overview

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

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

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.

COVID 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 by the owners of the property 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.
  • At our Shope Creek Wilderness location children will not be required to wear masks, but will be fully supported if they choose to do so.
  • Staff will wear a mask anytime they are less than 2 feet from another person.

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 or staff who self-selects for more restrictive social distancing or mask wearing than the policies outlined above.