Asheville Summer Camps
And Homeschool Programs

Group of kids on a dock on pond at Asheville nature camp in summer

Summer Camp 2023
Blazing New Trails at Forest Floor

Teen Overnight Camp

An overnight program where teens can push their edges in a real way.

Shadow Scouts: Advanced Forest Ninja will be six days and five nights of epic adventure.

We will dive into tracking, teamwork, survival, trail craft, tool creation, stealth, sneaking, stalking, and epic night games, all with a healthy dose of FUN!!!!

 

Photo of forest at night at summer overnight camp with moonbeams slanting between dark tree trunks

Sports in the Field & Forest

A new camp series that “Reimagines What Sports Can Be.”

Run Wild! is An inclusive and gender/age neutral camp that brings the best elements of Forest Floor to a new space – The Game Field!

No skills needed, just an attitude of gratitude and a healthy appreciation for being outside.

Children playing gaga ball at a youth sports summer day camp

More News

Of course, we’re also back with 40 sessions of our popular nature & craft camps.

Based on best practices, we’re putting in place phases for a calmer registration experience that balances gratitude to returning families with open arms for new families.

We’ve also shifted our age brackets, with camps for Ages 6-7, 7-8, 9-12, and 12-17.

Campers holding forth a variety of herbs and natural plant remedies at Asheville nature camp

Upcoming Asheville Camps & Homeschool Programs

2023 Spring Homeschool Programs

Twelve program days from the weeks of February 27 thru May 22 with a break the week of April 17.

Registration for Spring Homeschool Programs is now open.

Homeschool kids at forest program with a baby opossum

Spring 2023 Blacksmithing Saturdays

Each session has four program days.

Backsmithing in March and May.
Knifemaking in April.

Registration is now open.

Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

Summer Camps 2023

Over 45 week-long camp sessions.

New in 2023: Shadow Scouts Teen overnight camp. Run Wild! field & forest sports camp. Phased registration schedule. New age brackets starting at age 6.

Group photo at nature camp of camoflauged and face painted kids at summer camp for stealth in forest

What is Forest Floor?

Forest Floor is a place where kids:

  • Are free to be kids; to play, laugh,  shout, and run wild the way we did when we were kids.
  • Can find others who love nature as much as they do and find support and friendship in peers.
  • Can spend time with adults who really care about their developmental journey and want to hear their stories.  
  • Can explore who they really are and be celebrated for being themselves.

Forest Floor provides high quality Nature-Connection Mentoring programs with lasting benefits for health, concentration, and emotional well-being.

We  get your kids outdoors to think, connect, learn, make, and move.

And most importantly, to have fun!

We use a proven mentoring system and have small classes with mentor-camper ratios of just 1 to 7. Your kids will get more than just outdoor activity, they will be subtly coached and encouraged to reach their greatest potential.

New to Forest Floor? Check out our must-see videos below to get a sense of what we’re all about: A Day at Forest Floor, and Why Nature Connection? 

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Girl laughing sitting in the woods at Asheville nature camp

The Benefits of Nature-Connection Mentoring

Listen to Clint Corley, Founder & Director of Forest Floor, talk about the beneficial effects he sees in children's long term development when they receive nature-connection mentoring.

Clint has spent thousands of hours connecting kids with nature and developing long lasting relationships, some of which have been growing for almost ten years now.

Our Core Curriculum:

  • Outdoor Safety & Awareness
  • Animal Tracking
  • Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants
  • Bird Language
  • Wilderness Survival Skills
  • Ancient Crafts
  • Ecology, Community, & Self Discovery
  • Storytelling and Singing
  • Fire, and much more…

Our core curriculum is based on the patterns and cycles of the natural world. The eight-directional model we use accounts for the innate rhythms of individuals and their environment, providing a seemingly effortless but remarkably effective trajectory for learning.

Enjoy this short video of kids in action at Forest Floor.