*All studies are digital unless otherwise noted.

Summer Session Enrollment is OPEN!


Our summer sessions will take place in June and July. All classes will be outdoors and will meet from 9am-2pm, regardless of weather. Each class will include a morning nature study along with time to play and explore the forests, fields, and creek at the Pinetum. All students need to bring a water bottle, snack, and lunch each day. The cost is $130 per person per camp, or $250 for both camps. We would love for your kids to join us! APPLY FOR SUMMER SESSIONS HERE!


Show Me the Way - Learn about cardinal directions, mapping, and compass basics as we explore the Pinetum. 

Kinder (ages 5 & 6): June 11-13

Explorers (ages 7-12): June 18-20


Whodunnit?!? - Solve a wild mystery with us each day as we learn about the animals that share our Ozark ecosystems. 

Kinder (ages 5 & 6): July 9-11

Explorers (ages 7-12): July 16-18



OUR MISSION: To inspire a life-long appreciation and love of nature by connecting children with the outdoors. We do this by immersing ourselves in nature and using it as our classroom. 

SCHOOL OF THE WILD: Completely outdoors, School of the Wild is held at Lovett Pinetum, our home campus. We use nature study as our educational backbone and offer plenty of opportunities for exploring, self-directed play, and discovery. School of the Wild provides a secular, multi-age learning experience in the best classroom - the great outdoors! 

A typical day includes a morning nature lesson as well as student-led exploration and snack time. Older students spend the entire day with us, so they have a lunch and play break mid-day, followed by an afternoon nature art, experiment, or mini-project session, along with poetry tea time. 


Apply Here!

Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will begin in March. Information for the upcoming school year will be available soon. We invite you to join our open house on Tuesday, March 5th! Please RSVP to Laura@fireflynatureschool.com. 

*If you are interested in joining our waiting list for the upcoming school year, please email Laura@fireflynatureschool.com. Thank you!

We will be offering programs for the following age groups. 

Kinder: ages 5 & 6

Explorers: ages 7-12

Adventurers: ages 13-16







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. 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 costs associated with it such as insurance, staff, facilities, 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 for the weather and have a blast! In the case of dangerous weather, we have a safe, indoor gathering space. 

What does my child need to bring? 

Students will need to bring a water bottle, nature journal, snack, and lunch (for full day students) 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 many school supplies for students to use. 


Contact Us!  Have questions? Feel free to reach out. We are happy to help.  laura@fireflynatureschool.com