Fall 2023 & Winter 2024
Gain a foundation in the art of creating useful tools by heating metal in the forge and shaping it on the anvil. Many techniques will be explored, and students will come home with beautiful and functional hand-made items.
Based on our popular summer camps and homeschool programs, Forest Floor has launched school year blacksmithing programs that run on Saturdays only. Each program will take place on four Saturdays.
Participation is capped at just 10 students, and run by two skilled Blacksmiths who are also trained nature-connection mentors. You won’t find better teacher to student ratios.
Participants will gain strength, self-confidence, and an important skill – while enjoying time outdoors with our caring mentors.
Your kids are going to LOVE IT.
Time: 10:00 am - 4:15 pm
Inclusive of drop-off & pick-up window
Dates – Winter 2024 Session:
Six program days
Saturdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 10
For Drop-off & Pick-Up and other logistics info, see below.
- Monthly payment plan available
- $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
- Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)
Registration is now open.
Why Choose Forest Floor?
We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.
- Health benefits of nature connection
- Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
- Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
- Unforgettable adventures every day
- Skilled and caring mentors
- Exciting wilderness experiences
- Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
- Boost long term cognitive & social development
All Blacksmithing Saturday Series programs take place at Haw Creek Commons.
Haw Creek Commons
315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville NC
Drop-off between 10:00 am - 10:15 am
Pick-up between 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Clothing and Gear
Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather. Families new to Forest Floor may need to purchase additional gear to ensure their children will be fully equipped for wet and colder weather as the season progresses. For a full packing and clothing list see our FAQ.
We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.
If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.
Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.
To apply for a scholarship FIRST please register for the program/camp, choose the payment plan option, and only pay a $100 deposit at time of registration.
AFTER RESERVING A SPOT, please follow the link below to fill out the application.
If your scholarship request can't be approved or isn't the amount of discount that you need, we will provide a full refund of the deposit.