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Nature School

Nature School (previously the Homeschool Program) is an 10-week weekday program for children ages 5-12. 

Children walking through a river with nature educator.
Top image caption: Image credit Joanne Quinn

Nature School is a seasonal, ten-week immersive outdoor play and learning program designed for children ages 5 to 12. 

Utilizing a Forest & Nature School-inspired approach, Nature School at Evergreen Brick Works supports children in experiential learning, engaging in healthy risk taking and letting their curiosity lead their learning as they connect with nature in a hands-on way.

Building on Evergreen's extensive experience in outdoor learning, play and placemaking, this program is perfect for students being schooled at home or for families interested in providing their child with an opportunity to take a day off from school to spend time outside learning from nature, building a strong connection to the local landscape and community, and developing lasting relationships with peers outside of the home or classroom environment.

Program Details

  • Ages 5–12
  • Available Wednesdays, September–June
  • Programs are full days (10am-2:30pm)
  • Curriculum-linked
  • Junior (maximum 8 children) and Senior (maximum of 12 children) groups

Fall Dates and Times

Time: 10:00 am-2:30 pm
Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 - November 21
Ages: Junior (ages 5-7) and Senior (ages 8-12)

Fees & Refunds

Full Season Price: $350

No refunds will be issued if a reservation is cancelled within 14 days of the session start date. Otherwise, session fees are refundable, less a $25 administration fee.

Fees are for the entire session, not on a day-by-day basis. We will not refund fees for days missed, and any day missed cannot be made up.


Registration for Fall opens on August 13, 2018. To register, please visit Camp Brain.

Want more information? Download our Parents' Handbook (PDF 1.8MB) for further details.

Guiding Principles

Nature School is guided by the following core principles:

  • Play Based: Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments
  • Active and Mobile: Moving the body to engage the mind
  • Inquiry based: starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The process is often assisted by a facilitator
  • Ecological: Providing children direct contact with nature
  • Arts infused: Breathing life into learning through creativity, compelling narratives and arts activities
  • Experiential/hands on: Creating a compelling learning setting through multi-sensory, direct experience
  • Integrated: Weaving together expectations from across the curriculum through ecological themes and engaging experiences
  • Place-based: Building a foundation of knowledge through a focus on local nature, culture and community 

Children walking along a forested path.