Acorn Nature Program

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Acorn Nature Program

Day-long adventures in nature designed for home school students.

Existing Acorn Families, click here to jump to the Acorn calendar

Looking for an educational outdoor program that offers real skills? You have come to the right place. The Acorn Nature Program is an opportunity for kids to become students of nature. Our trained nature mentors guide students to finding a deeper understanding of the natural world and their place in it. Our program structure includes a mix of directed activity and child-led play which allows students to explore the natural environment on their own terms. Learn more about what makes us different.

Students will work on learning skills of survival, awareness, and self sufficiency to develop independence and deepen their relationship with nature. Students will have opportunities to achieve certifications in things like fire building, shelter construction, animal track ID, navigational skills, wild plant uses, and more.

The Acorn Nature School is open to all families in our area but is designed for the needs of home-schooling families. This program has no religious affiliation or message. This program is for children only, sorry parents. We encourage you to check out our monthly adult trainings for programs specifically tailored for adults.

Details

  • Ages: 5 to 12 – Mondays 10am-2pm
  • Schedule: Fall Semester 2017 – September 25th-January 22nd. Spring Semester 2017 February 5th to May 21st
  • Enrollment: Open until October 6th for the Fall Semester
  • Maximum group size: 12 students
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Four payments of $132.50 or one payment of $530 for half a school year (one semester). [Register by June 8th to receive 10% off!]
  • Discounts: 5% off the second child registered at the same time
  • Need-based scholarships are available for up to 50% tuition discount.

Location
We are excited to announce that the Acorn program will be held at Dorris Ranch Park in Springfield. Dorris ranch features acres of forest, wildlife, historic filbert (hazelnut) orchards, and Willamette River access. Read more about Dorris Ranch.

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Cancellation Policy
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Testimonials

What other parents have to say

I was amazed at the change in my son. I expected him to learn some cool nature stuff, and he did. But what really impressed me was the change in his character. He seems to show better judgement and self confidence. When we go outside I no longer have to check to be sure he is wearing the right clothes because he took care of it himself. The instructors are great role models.
-Dave R.

Both my daughter and I wholeheartedly love Whole Earth Nature School. This is, hands down, my child’s absolute favorite outside home camp/school experience she has ever had… I have complete respect and admiration for your instructors. They provide such safe, creative, soulful, meaningful, caring, and fun experiences for the kids. My daughter came home with a great big smile, and dirt in her pockets, every single day. Whole Earth Nature School provides a perfect combination of freedom and structure, play and education, while inspiring love and appreciation for nature and wildlife. This is a beautiful program.
-Margo V.

I’m really impressed with the skills that Max is learning… and with his changing awareness about the outdoors. I grew up in the woods and take so much outdoor skill for granted – it’s been great to watch how you teach and how he learns from you. I have especially appreciated his interest in tracking, shelter-building and the plants and animals that he sees. Thanks for your well-conceived and effective program.
-Kevin F.

Prefer to register by check?

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Fossil Distance Learning Program

Are you a participant in the Fossil Distance Learning Program? Whole Earth Nature School is happy to support families in utilizing their FDLP funds to attend Acorn. Just email us (ContactUs@WholeEarthSchool.com) and we can set up an invoice for you.

Cancellation Policy

Whole Earth Nature School has implemented the following cancellation policy based on the time, resources and staffing that goes into planning a camp. We cannot recover these expenses if you cancel. Cancellations made on short notice can also prevent others from attending.
If you ask to transfer to a different camp you may do so up to 15 days prior to the start of your camp. There will be a $25 fee per camp transferred. Less that 15 days before camp transfers will be subject to our cancelation policy below.
All programs have a non-refundable, 25% deposit
If you cancel or ask to transfer to a different camp for any reason:

  • Cancellations made at least 15 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a full refund, minus the 25% non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations/transfers made between 8 and 14 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a refund of 50% of the total camp tuition
  • Cancellations/transfers made 7 days or less prior to the first day of camp, or after the start of a program, are not refundable

Oops Policy: You have 48 hours from the time of purchase to cancel your registration with no penalty. (Cancellation must be requested prior to the start of the program.)

Need Financial Assistance? Have a question?
Check out our scholarship program Read our frequently asked questions about summer nature camps

2016/2017 Acorn Schedule

All of our school-year programs, including Acorn will adhere to the 4J elementary calendar. You can view the most up-to date version of this calendar by visiting: http://www.4j.lane.edu/calendars/elementary2016/
Notable no-school days for 2016-2017 are as follows:
Dec 19th and 26th and Jan 2nd (Winter Break and New Years)
Jan 16th (Martin Luther King Jr Day)
Feb 20th (Presidents Day)
Mar 27th (Spring Break)

May 22nd will be the last day of Acorn for spring 2017

2017/2018 Acorn Schedule

All of our school-year programs, including Acorn will adhere to the 4J elementary calendar. You can view the most up-to date version of this calendar by visiting: http://www.4j.lane.edu/calendars/elementary2017/
Notable no-school days for 2017-2018 are as follows:
Dec 18th and 25th and Jan 1st (Winter Break and New Years)
Jan 15th (Martin Luther King Jr Day)
Feb 29th (Presidents Day)
Mar 19th (Spring Break)

We will also follow the lead of 4J schools for canceling programs due to inclement weather. Please refer to the 4J Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute updates. https://twitter.com/4Jweather