Asheville Weekly Homeschool Programs

 

Fall homeschool kids playing at Forest School

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 6-8, 9-12, and 11-16. Registration is now open for Fall 2022.

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.

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

What’s new for Fall 2022? Secrets of the Jedi is back for two age groups. We’re also introducing a new program Mountain Mondays for two age groups. And on Tuesdays we’re running Ancient Stones & Dinosaur Bones for the youngest, and Wildlife Encounters for the middle group. Blacksmithing is back on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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 Fall Homeschool Programs
Registration is Now Open

Ages 6-8

Program Change: 5 Year Olds

Based on feedback from our instructors and a lot of careful consideration we’ve decided to no longer accept 5 year olds into our programs beginning with Fall 2022.  We realize this is a significant change and likely disappointing to some families, and we want you to know that we didn’t make this decision lightly.  What we’ve realized over the last couple years of including 5 years olds is that generally they are in quite a different place developmentally than the 6 & 7 year olds and this can have a significant impact on both their experience of the programs as well as the instructors ability to best meet the needs of all the students.

 We believe that this change will result in a program that provides a deeper, more fulfilling experience for our younger students.

The Growing Wild Forest School is an excellent option for families with children ages 3-6.  We encourage any families seeking a nature program for their young children to check them out.

Child climbing a tree at Asheville day camp in the forest

MONDAY
Ages 6-8

Mountain Mondays

September 12 – December 12, 2022
Spots available: 8 as of 7/4/22

Bathe in the colors of the turning leaves and soak up the sun before the days shorten. We explore our core curriculum in a flexible format.

Young children examining bones found during an outdoor nature connection program in Asheville, NC

TUESDAY
Ages 6-8

Ancient Stones and Dinosaur Bones

September 6 – December 13, 2022
Spots available: 5 as of 7/4/22

Young paleontologies will learn about new dinosaurs each week while we explore the forest and streams for fossils and ancient stones, with games activities and crafts.

Kids at nature program for homeschoolers  examining a turtle

WEDNESDAY
Ages 6-8

Heartwood: Acorns

September 7 – December 14, 2022
Full with waitlist as of 7/4/22

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

Summer camper learns Jedi skills at Asheville area nature camp

THURSDAY
Ages 6-8

Secrets of the Jedi

September 8 – December 15, 2022
Spots available: 2 as of 7/4/22

Connect with nature and train in the ways of the Force. Combines learning physical wilderness skills with philosophy and wisdom of the mystics overcoming a series of challenges.

Kids at nature program for homeschoolers  examining a turtle

FRIDAY
Ages 6-8

Forest Fridays

September 9 – December 16
Spots available: 5 as of 7/4/22

Time to turn away from the screens and walk out into the magical forest for a day of guided nature connection with our experienced mentors.

Ages 9-12

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

MONDAY
Ages 9-12

Mountain Mondays

September 12 – December 12, 2022
Spots available: 4 as of 7/4/22

Bathe in the colors of the turning leaves and soak up the sun before the days shorten. We explore our core curriculum in a flexible format.

Homeschool kids at forest program with a baby opossum

TUESDAY
Ages 9-12

Wildlife Encounters

September 6 – December 13, 2022
Spots available: 2 as of 7/4/22

Dive deeper with a focus on the amazing creatures and plans with whom we share this astounding earth. We’ll search, explore, and build knowledge while we play.

Homeschool students cooperating on a project in the forest cutting a log during nature connection program

WEDNESDAY
Ages 9-12

Heartwood: Saplings

September 7 – December 14, 2022
Full with waitlist as of 7/4/22

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

Jedi training at forest-based homeschool program children holding poses on rock formations

THURSDAY
Ages 9-12

Secrets of the Jedi

September 8 – December 15, 2022
Spots available: 2 as of 7/4/22

Connect with nature and train in the ways of the Force. Combines learning physical wilderness skills with philosophy and wisdom of the mystics overcoming a series of challenges.

Teenage campers dressed in camouflauge for Shadow Scouts summer camp

FRIDAY
Ages 9-12

Forest Fridays

September 9 – December 16
Spots available: 4 as of 7/4/22

Time to turn away from the screens and walk out into the magical forest for a day of guided nature connection with our experienced mentors.

Ages 11-15 & 12-16

Homeschool blacksmithing student with variety of objects made in class

TUESDAY
Ages 12-16

Blacksmithing

September 6 – December 13
Spots available: 3 as of 7/4/22

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 11-15, by invitation

Heartwood: Oaks

September 7 – December 14
Spots available: 2 as of 7/4/22

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

September 9 – December 16
Spots available: 1 as of 7/4/22

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 onsite programming or van transportation to Shope Creek. Address: 315 Old Haw Creek Road.

Parents may also drop-off and pick-up at Shope Creek Wilderness for all programs except Blacksmithing and Oaks. 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 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.

 

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:

  • As of Fall 2022, we will no longer require masks to be worn on our shuttle vans transporting students
  • 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.