Asheville Weekly Homeschool Programs

 

Circle of students learning at nature connection program in Asheville, NC

Homeschool Programs Overview

Carefully crafted since 2011, our programs provide a progressive learning journey and comprehensive foundation in deeply relating to the natural world.

Jump to programs for ages 5-7, 8-12, and 10-16.

Through games, stories, and exploration children learn about: Outdoor safety and awareness, animal tracking, edible and medicinal wild plants, wilderness survival skills, bird language, ancient crafts, ecology, community, self-discovery, storytelling, singing, fire, and much, much more.

Spring Programs are starting in just a few months, and with limited space they usually fill fast.

What’s new for Spring 2021? We’ve added more options and this will be our biggest Homeschool season ever! We’re adding more Blacksmithing, launching a new program “Bramblehurst School of Bushcraft & Wizardry” for two different age groups, and expanding Forest Fridays for more ages also in split age groups.

2022 Spring Homeschool Programs are now open for registration! 

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

2022 Spring Homeschool Programs
Registration is Now Open

Ages 5-7

Boys at Asheville nature connection camp climbing a boulder in the forest

TUESDAY
Ages 5-7

Bramblehurst School of Bushcraft & Wizardry

March 1 – May 24, 2022.

3 Spots Remaining

Children head to class in the forest, to learn all manner of useful skills while deepening their connection with the magic of the forest.

Kids at nature program for homeschoolers  examining a turtle

WEDNESDAY
Ages 5-7

Heartwood: Acorns

 

March 2 – May 25, 2022.

4 Spots Remaining

Our core nature-connection curriculum offers a progressive learning journey with games, stories, and exploration in the natural world.

Young summer camper discovering interesting salamander in the forest

THURSDAY
Ages 5-7

Mythical Creatures

March 3 – May 26, 2022.

Kids get to know the animals who share the forest & streams with connective experience, science, stories, and a big dose of imagination.

Children walking out into the woods for Asheville homeschool nature class

FRIDAY
Ages 5-7

Forest Fridays

March 4 – May 27

Explore the great joy of Spring as the forest wakes up and blossoms. Each week will feature exciting new adventures in nature & community.

Ages 8-12

Camper learning to make fire at survival skills summer day camp in forest

TUESDAY
Ages 8-12

Bramblehurst School of Bushcraft & Wizardry

March 1 – May 24, 2022

FULL, sign up for the waitlist

Children head to class in the forest, to learn all manner of magically useful skills while deepening their connection with the flora and fauna of the forest.

WEDNESDAY
Ages 8-12

Heartwood: Saplings

March 2 – May 25, 2022

FULL, sign up for the waitlist

Our core nature-connection curriculum offers a progressive learning journey with games, stories, and exploration in the natural world.

Teenage campers dressed in camouflauge for Shadow Scouts summer camp

THURSDAY
Ages 8-12

Archer’s Arena: Forest Protectors

March 3 – May 26, 2022

FULL, sign up for the waitlist

Learn the fundamentals of archery, how to think and move like hunters, and play epic games with foam tipped arrows. All balanced with other nature skills and fun group activities.

Teenage campers dressed in camouflauge for Shadow Scouts summer camp

FRIDAY
Ages 8-12

Forest Fridays

March 4 – May 27

FULL, sign up on the waitlist

Explore the great joy of Spring as the forest wakes up and blossoms. Each week will feature exciting new adventures in nature & community.

Ages 10-15 & 12-16

Homeschool blacksmithing student with variety of objects made in class

TUESDAY
Ages 12-16

Blacksmithing

March 1 – May 24, 2022

2 Spots Remaining!

Create useful tools by heating metal in the forge and shaping it on the anvil. Students will come home with beautiful and useful handmade items created using many techniques.

Kids with tribal face paints at forest school program for homeschool children

WEDNESDAY
Ages 10-15, by invitation

Heartwood: Oaks

March 2 – May 25, 2022

1 Spot Remaining!

Our core nature-connection curriculum, Oaks provides an opportunity for long-time students to continue challenging themselves in a group of peers who share their ability & passion.

Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

FRIDAY
Ages 12-16

Blacksmithing

March 4 – May 27, 2022

5 Spots Remaining!

Create useful tools by heating metal in the forge and shaping it on the anvil. Students will come home with beautiful and useful handmade items created using many techniques.

In-town Location

We are no longer at the Asheville School in West Asheville.

Our new location since 2020 is Haw Creek Commons, in Asheville off Tunnel Road.

Haw Creek Commons is a community co-work and activity center where Forest Floor has a presence. See the location on Google Maps.

 

 Drop-Off & Pick-Up

All programs may drop-off and pick-up at Haw Creek Commons for van transportation. Address: 315 Old Haw Creek Road.

Parents may also drop-off and pick-up at Shope Creek Wilderness — except for Blacksmithing which is based out of Haw Creek Commons. Address: 472 Shope Creek Road.

Scholarship Information

Overview

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.

Donate

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.

Apply

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 please follow the link below to fill out the application.

COVID Safety Policies
Homeschool 2022

Our COVID-19 safety policy is based primarily on pre-screening and monitoring.  It is our current position that the single largest preventative factor at our programs is the fact that we are open-air and outdoors.

Pre-Screening and Monitoring

  • Any child arriving in the morning with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend programs that day.  If during the program day a child displays signs or symptoms of illness they will be separated from other students and parents contacted to pick them up.

  • All staff will be self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.  If they develop symptoms, they will notify their supervisor and stay home.  Any staff person who develops symptoms of illness during the work day will be separated from students and other staff and sent home ASAP.

Masks:

  • While in our shuttle vans all students and staff are required to wear masks for the duration of the trip.
  • Children and staff will not be required to wear masks, but will be fully supported if they choose to do so.

We will do our best to fully support any child or staff who self-selects for more restrictive social distancing or mask wearing than the policies outlined above.