NOW ENROLLING for School of the Wild Kinder - ages 4 & 5! Our nature school for ages 6-12 is 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 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 School of the Wild Kinder (ages 4&5) and for our waiting list for School of the Wild (ages 6-12).
*Filling out an application does not guarantee enrollment in our nature school.
SCHOOL OF THE WILD
2021-2022 Schedule for Ages 6-12
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm
- Fall Semester: September 7 - December 2 (no class 10/19 or 10/21)
- Spring Semester: February 1 - April 28 (no class 3/15 or 3/17)
Tuition for the 2021-2022 School Year for Ages 6-12
- $450 per semester (or 3 payments of $150)
- 10% sibling discount for additional children in the same family that participate in the 6-12 year old program
SCHOOL OF THE WILD KINDER
2021-22 Schedule for Ages 4 & 5
- Tuesdays from 9:00-11:45am or 12:30-3:15pm
- Fall Semester: September 7 - November 30 (no class 10/19)
- Spring Semester: February 1 - April 28 (no class 3/15)
Tuition for the 2021-2022 School Year for Ages 4 & 5
- $288 per semester (or 3 payments of $96)
- 10% sibling discount for additional children in the same family that participate in the Kinder program
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.
Lauren Lockwood is the energetic and creative leader of School of the Wild Kinder as well as illustrator for Firefly Nature School's nature study curriculum. She was homeschooled all 12 years and graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Lauren previously worked as a zookeeper at Dickerson Park Zoo. She is married to a wonderful husband and is a dog mom to 3 border collie mixes. Lauren's hobbies include houseplant collecting, beekeeping, and mountain biking.
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, 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 appropriately and have a blast!
What does my child need to bring?
Explorers will need to bring a water bottle, snack and lunch (for ages 6-12) 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.