We are full for the 2021-22 school year, but we are accepting families on our waiting list. Please read the details below to learn more about our nature school classes.
Explore with Us!
Completely outdoors, School of the Wild will be held at Lovett Pinetum from 9am-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters. Using nature study as our educational backbone and with plenty of opportunities for play and discovery, we will incorporate subjects like science, math, poetry, art, geography, history, environmental stewardship and more! School of the Wild provides a secular, multi-age learning experience in the best classroom - the great outdoors!
Fill out your application here!* Applications are being accepted for our waiting list. If you have previously filled out an application, you can email me Laura@fireflynatureschool.com to let me know you would like to be on the waiting list for the 2021-22 school year.
*Filling out an application does not guarantee enrollment in our nature school.
Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year
- $450 per semester (or 3 payments of $150)
- 10% sibling discount for additional children in the same family
2021-2022 Schedule for Ages 6-12
- Available days: Thursdays from 9am-3pm
- Fall Semester: September 9 - December 2 (no class 10/21)
- Spring Semester: February 3 - April 28 (no class 3/17)
Meet your Leaders:
Laura Stroup is the founder of Firefly Nature School, a nature study curriculum designed for homeschooling families. She has a degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University with an emphasis in natural resource education. A former zoo educator and science teacher, Laura is now a homeschooling mom who loves spending time in nature and exploring with her family.
Rachel Fouse Johnson fell in love with books at an early age, and has since been a student of literature and poetry. When she’s not reading for her own enjoyment, she can be found providing her children with a literature based home education, drinking green tea, bird watching, and rock climbing with her family.
Is this a drop-off school, or is it more like a co-op?
School of the Wild is a nature school where you will drop off your child and they will spend the day with us. It's similar to a homeschool hybrid where your child attends school one day per week with us and then is homeschooled the rest of the week. While we will share the nature study curriculum we use with your family, you are not required to continue the studies at home. You are free to use whatever curriculum choice works for your family. Nature school complements any curriculum and is a way to add hands-on science, art, social studies, language arts, math concepts and more to what you are already doing.
Why do you charge tuition?
Running a nature school has many costs associated with it. Your tuition will cover costs like insurance, staff, fees, activities, field equipment, and supplies.
What will you do if it's raining or snowing?
Rain, snow, sunshine, fog, it's all weather that we can learn in and about. We will dress appropriately and have a blast!
What will a typical day be like?
Well, we as homeschooling families know there's no such thing as a "typical" day :) But our general plan is to meet at the pavilion by 9:00am to start our day. Our adventures will center around a nature study topic. These adventures will include exploring different ecosytems, learning and teaching each other, playing and eating together, listening to and reading stories and poetry, working on projects, and nature journaling. Our studies will incorporate many different subjects in a hands-on, experiential way.
What does my child need to bring?
Explorers will need to bring a water bottle and lunch with them each week as well as things like weather-appropriate shoes and clothing, bug spray and sunscreen. We will send out a supply list for registered students over the summer. We provide all outdoor equipment and school supplies for students to use.
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